Defined or Refined

  Lately, as some of you might already know, I’ve been going through a lot of hard times. I’ve always had my share of troubles, but lately it seems like my life has gone crazy. It would be easy for me to stress, freak out, go berserk, what ever you want to call it, and I must confess, sometimes I have.

But right in the middle of the worst time in my life, I got to thinking, and praying, and reading my Bible, and I realized, I was letting this hard time in my life define me. I was letting the hardships, pain and difficulty, affect my family life, and my friendships, but most important, my walk with my Savior. It was destroying me from the inside out.

I was reading my bible, and a couple of verses popped out at me, and I realized, instead of letting my problems define me, I needed to let God use my problems to refine me. I needed to ask myself, “What is God trying to teach me through this?”, and “How might God be trying to use the hard times in my life to help others?”

Zechariah 13: 9 (NLT) I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.'”

Hosea 6:1-3 (NLT) “Come, let us return to the lord. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as …the arrival of dawn or the coming of rain in early spring.”

So our busy lives today, lets all stop and ask our selves, “Are we letting our problems define us,or are we letting God use them to refine us?”