Testing your faith is also testing your character. As water reflects your face, so your heart reflects ‘you’. How is your heart in the face of trials, set-backs, on-slogging disappointments? can you believe your best is yet to come? Can you believe you will keep going, keep giving your best and be your best regardless of the outcome, the yield, the acclaim?
I’d like God to give me good character, but sometimes all i get is struggle. Now I’m beginning to doubt, so my friend flops two verses of wisdom in my face:
“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.”
“Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds, for the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
—James 1: 2-4
Sooooooo, said the inkling with a wry smile, now will you give me good character?
Yes, replied the wise one: Go fetch.