Let me ask you, "Have you ever experienced rejection, adversity, unfair allegations against you, and hardships in your life - and have you wondered why the Lord allowed you to experience such difficult circumstances in life?" We all experience adversity and difficulties in life. Because life is filled with natural disasters, physical diseases and unfortunate accidents, hardships are a part of life. Because our world is filled with self-focused, sinful individuals, we all experience from time to time jealousy from others, rejection by others, adversity, shame, unfair allegations, unfair treatment and hardship in life. The truth is, we all live in a broken world filled with problems, difficulties, ungodliness and the inhumane treatment of others. None of that is orchestrated by the Lord, but the Bible does indicate in our text and many other verses that the Lord uses the adversity and unfairness we experience in our lives to shape our character and develop in us a real and genuine Christ-likeness.
Several scriptures promote this truth. Paul wrote in Romans 5:3-4: "We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us - they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us . . ." James wrote in James 1:2-4: "Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything." The Bible teaches over and over that the Lord is far more interested in our character than He is in our careers or our comfort. He will allow hardship and adversity to come into our lives in order to develop the "character of Christ" in our lives, but we must always remember that, "God is in the midst of all things, bringing about God for those who love Him" (Romans 8:28). Joseph finally and fully understood that, because at the conclusion of his life he said to his brothers, "God turned into good what you meant for evil" (Genesis 50:20). The Lord is still doing that in lives today, as we submit to His will, learn from our circumstances, and allow Him to develop His character in our lives!
As you think and pray today: 1) Pray for the Lord to show you what He is striving to teach you through the adversity and problems you are experiencing; 2) Thank the Lord for what He is doing in your life, and ask Him to do and allow all that needs to be done to create in you the "character of Christ"; and 3) Confess your faith and trust in the Lord, believing that He will develop His character in you, and believing that He will turn into "good" that which the Devil and others means for evil in your life.