We are very excited that our soon to be 18 year old son has been blessed with the opportunity to learn welding. This will be a skill that he can use all of his life no matter where his path leads. Because we are all basically unfamiliar with the concepts of how welding occurs, we began to investigate and research the terminology, tools, etc… We even found some good YouTubes. My husband and son watched with keen interest as the process of melding two metals together was explained. When the test for certification is done, they literally X-ray the bond to test the quality of work.
Last week as I gathered with a special group of ladies to consider the following passage and hear three of those ladies, whom I love dearly, share their testimonies. I left the meeting thinking about their endurance, strength and confident hope that developed from trials and troubles. That caused me to consider the process of welding. The endurance, strength and hope placed in a good solid weld. Vehicles, bridges, equipment, a lot depends on the skill of that welder.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:3-5 NLT)
Just being alive is all the guarantee we need that we will ‘run into problems and trials’. We can’t control that fact. But, we do have some control as to what those hard times develop in us. Will it be endurance, strength and hope? Or will it be brokenness, weariness and hopelessness? This is determined by the skill of the welder. When we are determined to manage things ourselves, it never turns out like it would if we allow God to do the work.
This is how the message reads –
“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” (Romans 5:3-5 MSG)
Tempered Steel of Virtue!
Look, y’all, that is something to get excited about. That should make your heart flood with joyful expectancy! This can give us the COURAGE we need in the midst of troubles to be ENCOURAGED. We aren’t just at the mercy of whatever life might throw our direction! We have a Master Welder who is developing good results out of evil intents.
When the heat of the flaming torch is pointed our direction, when we feel our very core begin to melt, when we see all that we thought was straight twisted into another direction, we have a CONFIDENT HOPE that God has a purpose, a plan and the ability to create a bond that can withstand and hold!