Trusting The Blacksmith Through Every Season
A Blacksmith cannot forge a sword out of just anything; it takes time and careful steps for the sword to develop. It needs to be mended and formed as it burns in the fire and then cools off -it’s a work in progress. We are like that sword.
Just like the sword needs time to form, we are put through times of trouble to form into God’s perfect craft. As the sword is shaped by the blacksmith, it may suffer constant hitting over and over, all around, yet with every hit it comes closer to the final product the Blacksmith intended. This is just like when we are going through the tough times, it is just to come out the other end as the people God planned for us to be.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
James 1:2-4 NIV
Jesus also tells us clearly in John 16:33 that life, especially for a Christian will not be easy. There is comfort in the understanding that there is a reason behind each trial we endure. God doesn’t put us in harsh situations just so we can crumble, but rather, so we can be stronger in the end.
The Lord does not put us under trial without reason, and in the end, it is all for the greater good as we grow into the people we were meant to be.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
James 1:12 NIV
I pray as you go through the trials of life, that you will go through it knowing you are going to come out stronger. I also pray that you will look to your Bibles as a map when life’s trials and tribulations come about. They don’t call it the living Word of God without reason.