A few days ago, I read a friend’s post on her Facebook timeline that her family went through nine hours of traffic in order to get home from the airport, a distance of 29 kilometers. This Manila traffic can no longer be described as nightmares. Do you know why? It’s because nightmares end, but Manila traffic doesn’t!
Well, this article is not going to be another commentary on our country’s traffic woes. There are too many of those going around already. I am using the discomfort, the frustration, the exhaustion, and the suffering caused by Manila traffic to remind you that you need to get through in order to get to. The Bible is replete with examples:
- Joseph went through slavery and jail before becoming Prime Minister of Egypt
- The Hebrews went through the desert before entering the Promised Land
- David went through a period of being a fugitive before becoming King of Israel
- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went through the blazing furnace before being promoted by the King of Babylon
- Jesus Christ went through the shame of dying on a cross before God exalted him to the highest place
The lesson from these examples is this: God uses times of trials and suffering to accomplish his purposes. We must not be surprised when God allows us to go through pain and trouble in order to get to be the kind of person he wants us to be. If you are in a confusing and difficult situation right now, I ask you to consider the following as God’s word to you:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4 NIV).
Your trials are not simply random circumstances that make your life difficult. They could be some experiences that God wants you to get through in order for you to get to be who he wants you to become. Hold on to this thought each time you’re stuck in Manila traffic.
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