Joy Column

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:2-5

I have a friend who, in a very short period of time, went from being a really scrawny guy into being just a muscular guy.  He just became a muscle man.  In five or six months, his muscles seemed to explode.  It seemed like it happened overnight.

His chest just began to bulge with muscles, and his arms were just so large.  He just was exploding with muscles.  I came to him, and I asked, "How have you gotten so strong and so muscular so quickly?"  He assured me he wasn’t doing steroids or anything like that. He said "I've just been working out."

When I asked what he was doing he explained, "Well, when I go and work out, I'll pick a particular muscle group that I want to work on. Let's say I pick my bicep.  I will work, and I will lift with that muscle, and I will keep lifting and keep lifting, until I cannot lift anymore.  I repeat the exercise until the muscle fails. When that muscle fails, I know that the muscular tissue in that muscle has torn, and so for 48 hours, I do not work out that muscle."

He said, "In those 48 hours, that muscular tissue re-heals.   And when it heals, it heals back a little bit thicker and a little bit stronger. So then I can lift a heavier weight.  And I repeat, and I repeat, and I repeat, until the muscle fails.  And then it heals back, and it heals back a little bit thicker and a little bit stronger."

That's the way you gain physical strength.  And you know something?  God uses trials in your life to work out your patience.

God may push you, sometimes to your breaking point.  He may bring you to the point that you don't think you can stand up anymore.  But He will use that trial in your life, and He may be using a trial in your life right now. You may be wondering, "Why am I going through this?"  He is using it to develop your patience.  He is using it so that you can stand up stronger for Him.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!