Our family was shocked by the news. We had noticed his slurred speech, trembling hand and dragging leg but never imagined the diagnosis: Parkinsonís. After all, my brother was only forty. He was in the prime of life and had a wife and three young children.
After three years of watching the disease take its toll, the doctor prescribed the ďlast pill.Ē Usually reserved for when everything else has been tried. But my brother wanted to enjoy the here and now. Trouble comes when we least expect it, and Iíd be lying if I told you our family didnít ask ďWhy?Ē My brother did too.
Believers in Thessalonica were wondering too. They were being persecuted for their faith, their loved ones were dying, and Christ hadnít returned. But Paul thought they could learn from pressure. And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering (II Thessalonians 1:5 NLT).
As much as I despise difficulties, life has taught me troubles form character, and character is who I am under pressure. Many materials crack under pressure and pressure will crack me too if Iím not careful. Itís easier to stand for Godís principles when no one is opposing me or when life is sailing smoothly. But pressures reveal the strength of my lifeís foundation.
Foundations built on the unchanging and unmovable principles of Godís Word never shake or shatter when we rely on Godís strength to help us obey them. Regardless of the pressureís intensity, obedience will always sure up the foundation even more. Is your character being formed or foiled by pressure? Do you stand regardless of the consequences?
Prayer: Sweet Jesus, we ask You to strengthen our character through lifeís pressures. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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