Diamonds have been one of humanity’s most sought-after stone, and have been associated and synonymous with wealth and love. But what is absolutely amazing is how they are formed that make them so valuable.
Diamonds are nothing more than carbon which is a very common element and is the fourth most abundant chemical element in the universe. This is what is so amazing that one of the most common elements in the universe can be formed into one of the most valued of all stones.
What makes it so valuable? What it takes is pressure and very high temperatures over a period of time.
And that is what God does in the lives of those who believe in Him, and that is, He makes us into diamonds, which is why we are often referred to as diamonds in the rough.
No matter what we are going through, it doesn’t have to be discouraging. Trials no longer need to send us to the dungeon of despair, or the swamp of sadness. Trials no longer need to send us spiraling into hopelessness.
Instead, we can approach the trials and tribulations of life with the knowledge that, no matter what, God will work them out for our good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Paul is explaining the great benefits that God works toward our good through the trials and tribulations of life.
The word, ‘tribulation,’ in the Greek primarily means a pressing or pressure and speaks to the pressures that life brings. And when Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33), it means that life is going to be especially hard, especially as believers. But we don’t have to worry; because Jesus has overcome the world and through Him we have peace.
Paul then adds to Jesus’s promise by saying that through such suffering, through such affliction, through such pressure, God is working out even more, and that is perseverance, character, and a hope, which we have seen is the confident assurance and expectation that God will keep His word and promise.
The Bible says, “We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
Therefore, we can face the trials and tribulations of life knowing that God has a purpose and a plan behind them.
I remember watching a Superman movie where he takes a lump of coal and transforms it into a diamond.
And what this speaks to me is that these trials that come in our lives are really transformational, in that God applies these pressures, these trials to form us from these lumps of everyday coal into valuable diamonds, not diamonds in the rough, mind you, but diamonds that are beautifully shaped reflecting the many facets of God in our lives.
Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South, Mesquite, NV., behind ACE Hardware.
Sunday Morning Service is at 10 a.m. The message is entitled, “A Warning Given.” Sunday Evening service begins at 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies begin at 6 p.m. The Women’s Bible Study is looking at the letters of John, and the Men’s Bible study is looking at Gene Getz’s, “The Measure of a Man.”
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4 thoughts on “Transformational Trials”
I love this! In that verse mentioned here in Romans 8:28, ““And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”, I find that the key word is “in” all things. This is not saying that all things, in and of themselves, are good, but that “in” those things, those trials and tribulations, God works them all out to reflect His glory and good in our lives and makes us that much more effective. That is the only way our lives will be truly transformed, so much so, that in our verbal witness to others, it will truly be Jesus that they see in us, and He is the One want to draw them to.
Thank you Debbie for your comment and further insight into Romans 8:28. I pray you have a great weekend. Take care and God bless – Dennis
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Not sure where I comment, but this is very thing I’m learning that God will not give us more then we can handle, but while it may seem like a lot at the time, in the end it was just a road bump or a door to happiness.
I may not understand some of the obstacles that I’m put through, but I put it in God’s hands because I know my lord will not let me down.
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