I Corinthians 3:1-3 (NIV)
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
We can be confident in our relationship with God the Father. He will nurture us from infancy to maturity. This journey is filled with learning experiences just like a toddler learning to walk. Trying to take a step or two, they plop and fall down. Sometimes, they get hurt and even cry. Eventually, they get up and try again and again. Finally, walking is mastered and celebrated with parents. Then, it’s on to running.
We begin the relationship with God as infants and grow to maturity. Each stage of our growth has its difficulties and rewards. This process brings the uncertainty of the wobbling, teetering steps of a toddler learning to walk. When we experience the difficult seasons of life on earth, we can be easily distracted away from the goal while focusing on the injury and refusing to get up to try again. This is the fleshly nature taking over. God, our Abba, is ready to scoop up His children to provide comfort and safety. Re-centering on God’s Word provides the safety net for us to try again. Notice I did NOT say it’s a comfort zone. At least for me, it usually is out of my comfort box. It is this process which allows God to refine and sculpt you and me into His likeness.
Even when life is difficult, we can experience a joyful relationship with God. Life’s pressures purify our souls and our characters allowing God’s love to flow through our hearts. God already knows how the pressures will change us to be more like Jesus and more like God’s image. When life’s pressures surround us, may we turn to God for his peace and joy.
Romans 5:1-5 (TPT)
Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and He now declares us flawless in His eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!
But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!