Life is heavy with challenges like marriage, parenting, and singleness, but challenges serve a purpose in God’s kingdom. They are His chief tools for molding and shaping us to His likeness. Think of challenges as the Great Sculptor’s file, sandpaper, and carving knife. Shave off pride here, scrape away at harassing sin there, smooth away whatever blocks our inner shine, file off those troubling habits. Challenges in the hands of the Master groom us for His glory and our good—but not if we don’t cooperate. For example, is singleness a lifestyle you refuse to accept? Are your eyes always scanning the room for a possible match? Lock eyes with God and seek Him. Are you certain you will never be fully happy without a spouse? God promises to be your forever companion. Find rest and joy in a relationship of dependence on Him. Cooperate with and submit to His plan, and watch a divine masterpiece take shape.
Romans 5:1-4 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
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