"Life breaks all of us, but many are made
stronger in the broken places."
I doubt that Hemmingway spent much time reading the Bible, but he was a keen observer of the world around him. His observation about the ubiquitous nature of suffering is a thematic truth in both the Old and New Testaments of the word of God. The Book of James, perhaps the earliest written book in the New Testament, reminds us that we are to:
Count it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trails knowing that the testing of your faith can produce endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result that you might become perfect, complete, lacking in nothing.
Let me make a few observations of the text:
- "Count it all joy" This is an imperative. Do it!
- "When" - Not if!
- "Various" - is the term from which we get the word polka dot or multi colors and shapes.
- "Testing" - is a term that is essentially neutral and as such it can be translated as test, trial or temptation depending on the context it is used in.
- "Knowing" - There is no premium on stupidity in the Christian life. We need to know some things: Who God is and How He Works.
- " Endurance" - The ability to stay under pressure.
- "Endurance can lead to making you perfect, complete, lacking nothing"
In all of this, faith is the central element. Faith is the foundational and fundamental issue when it comes to maturing in the midst of trials and tests, no matter what size, shape or color they may be.
Suffering touches all of us. No one is exempt. The question is, in the midst of suffering do we put God on trial or does God put our faith to the test?
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,