A Spiritual Refining Process

It is written, “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

My precious child, no one promised that life would be without suffering. In fact, in this fallen world, you can guarantee it.

Even my Son, God as Man, was a man of sorrows. So when you experience trials of any kind, don’t think that I’ve forgotten you. No, I am always near. Instead, choose to view your challenges for what they are – a spiritual refining process.

As my follower, you can rest assured that your suffering won’t last forever. This is your hope. That glory is just around the corner.

Resist the very human urge to escape your problems. In fact, if you can endure life’s blows with utter dependence on me, I can and will bring much good out of them. For it is written, “And we know that all things wok together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) How wonderful of news is that?!

My beloved, when you experience adversity and suffering, do not be dismayed and do not try to run and hide from it. Invite me into your suffering. I am very familiar with it. Then, you can sit back and marvel at my Holy Spirit at work within your circumstances.