For thirteen years Joseph experienced heartache after heartache. Sold into slavery, falsely accused of a crime, falsely imprisoned, neglected and forgotten. Yet we never read of Joseph throwing a pity party or bemoaning his situation. As a matter of fact we see the opposite, in every situation of injustice which came into his life, his response seemed to be how can I make the best of this situation. As a young slave he worked hard and was promoted, in prison he worked hard and was promoted, when released because of the Lord’s favor on him to interpret dreams, he was promoted to second in command of Egypt.
From the ages of 17-30 he experienced heartache and trouble, yet he responded favorably in every situation. If we are not careful, when we read the story of Joseph we will miss this fact, every situation he went through was a test of character and a character building opportunity.
In our lives we experience tests of character and character building opportunities, it is how we respond to those test and opportunities which determine our growth. The apostle Peter writes,
though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:6-7
The various trials we face is the test of the the genuineness of our faith. Every time we are tested our character is under the microscope, how will we respond, and yet how we respond also provides a character building opportunity. Here is what the Bible tells us in the book of James,
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
Peter tells us trials test our faith. James tells us trials test our faith and produces steadfastness, which means endurance or patience. But notice when steadfastness has its full effect we become perfect and complete, lacking nothing. The Lord test our character for the purpose of building character in us.
How many times do we seem to struggle through similar trials?
Could it be the Lord is trying to build something in us he could use in the future for his glory?
Could it be we are failing the Lord’s test of character, so we continue to struggle through similar trials?
Examine your life today.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria