We will all have to deal with pressure in our lives. That’s a fact. But how we handle it will make the difference.
God has things He wants to teach us through what we go through. And these lessons pertain not just to our professional lives, but also to our spiritual lives. Remember: if success were to come too easy, then we would miss out on the lessons God wants to teach us.
Looking at Romans 5:4, here are three lessons God wants to teach us through learning how to handle pressure.
The Greek word hupomone has been translated as “perseverance” (NIV), “endurance” (ESV), and “passionate patience” (MSG). Strong’s Concordance’s definition for hupomone also involves an element of cheerfulness.
James even says we should be joyful when we go through adversity. Because that pressure-filled adversity will produce hupomone in us. (James 1:2-3)
God wants us to persevere through pressure-filled situations. We learn more about whatever we’re doing if we have to persevere. And we learn more about God in the process too.
The Greek word dokime has been translated as “character” (NIV, ESV), “experience” (KJV), and “the tempered steel of virtue” (MSG). Strong’s Concordance implies trustworthiness is also a part of dokime.
Paul commended Timothy to the Philippians because his service for the gospel showed his dokime (Philippians 2:22).
God wants to produce character in us. These pressure-filled situations help us move beyond ourselves. And they push us to become who God wants us to be.
The Greek word elpis has been translated as “hope” (NIV, ESV, KJV) and “alert expectancy” (MSG). Strong’s Concordance also incorporates confidence in elpis.
Paul told the Colossians that having Christ in us gave us elpis—a confident expectation—of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Ultimately God wants to see us have hope. Going through pressure-cooker situations makes us rely on ourselves less. And rely on God more.
We should be grateful for pressure-filled situations. Dealing with pressure forces us to persevere. Perseverance produces character in us. And that character enables us to hope.
The pressure proves out what we have inside us. And if we are able to cheerfully endure the pressure, that builds a confident faith that God will see us through.
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