We frequently say that we want to live better lives, but what some fail to realize is the process that must take place for this change to occur. It can be trying, tedious, frustrating. It’s not magic – POOF! I’m a brand new, shiny, never sinning again person. It can seem overwhelming. We get tired of the temptations and no longer want to rejoice. We don’t want to continue going through it just to show that we can endure. And unfortunately, when we seem to be on the right track, our “Praise Him! I got through that!” moment can quickly turn into “Hmm, I know I shouldn’t, but that would be nice”. This is the process. God brings our imperfections to the surface so that we can deal with them and become who we are meant to be can be.
To get water out of newly-washed clothes, people used to have to use wringers. It squeezed out what was not needed to get the clothes to an ideal state. And, I’ve been told that for a diamond to reach its coveted state it must endure intense heat and pressure. What is the purpose of a refining process if the flaws and impurities remain?
God allows us to go through hardships and dark times, but He is always here simply waiting on us to ask for guidance. If you’re ever unsure about what to do next, ask God for wisdom. #AskForWisdom #WitnessingWednesday
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James 1:5-6 (TLB) If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.