“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 very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner… So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust Him. He knows what He’s doing, and He’ll keep on doing it.” (v 12, 13, 19 MSG)
“…Keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for He will never fail you.” (v 19 NLT)
Father, thank You that all the “todays” I will ever face are days that You’ve already seen, known, and have prepared what I’ll need to make it through each one. Thank You for Your refining process. The hotter the fire, the purer the silver becomes. The purer the silver, the better the surface shines. It’s that shiny part that is also the most reflective. May my life reflect the YOU in me. May I stand before others as a mirror into which You peer and are seen by them from their vantage point. It’s not the “I,” but the YOU in me that makes all the difference in each day as it unfolds before me, and as my life encounters the lives of others along my path.
Thank You that I can continually count on Your being with me, working in me and through me as You make me just like Jesus! Amen.