I’ve come to realize over the years that we grow in strength – and humility. That seems contradictory, but spiritually it is not. If we grow in one and not the other, it leaves us unbalanced. And when we are unbalanced, we fall easily.
Broken before the Lord – humility – builds character. Both humility and character are the building blocks. They give us strength. Yet when we think of building, we do not think broken. It seems to be opposite. How can we build and be broken at the same time? Things of the spirit are opposite things of the flesh. (Lessons I learned from the Lord.)
Spiritually, broken when you are being built results in more strength for the finish. It gives a purer, cleaner “structure” that will not fall apart when completed. The part of us that was not strong, becomes strong. Cracks and flaws are fixed and made new. It is for our good – although it does not seem so at the time.
I think of Romans 5:3 where Paul talks about the trials and tribulations that we go through and the the effect it has on us spiritually. It builds our character.
So how do we become strong through it all? The joy of the Lord is our strength. Doesn’t Paul say this very thing in Romans 5:3? To count it all joy when we run into trials and tribulations? To rejoice when going through troubles is not easy, but then God tells us that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us.
I pray that for those who are going through sufferings right now, that the joy of the Lord will strengthen you, that the Lord will comfort you and give you His peace. May you have the balance that comes from strength and humility so that you remain strong.