GAINING AN UNDERSTANDING MIND
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Don’t ever doubt that trials will accomplish something positive. They are designed to produce “patience,” or—better translated—“endurance” or “perseverance.” With every trial, we build the tenacity of spirit that holds on under pressure while waiting patiently on God to remove the trial at the appointed time and then reward us. It strengthens us as we gain more endurance.
God builds us up in the same way a runner gradually develops the ability to run long distance. He starts small and works up to his maximum capacity. God allows increasingly greater trials in our lives to increase our endurance for greater ministry and joy, for the more difficult the battle, the sweeter the victory. When you come out of a difficult trial, you can rejoice over God’s delivering you. That proves Him to be trustworthy, and that strengthens your faith.
~ John MacArthur ~