The benefits of getting hammered

Blacksmith at Work - Colonial Williamsburg
David Powlison:

Profound good in our lives often emerges in a crucible of significant suffering. Jesus himself ‘learned obedience through what he suffered’ (Hebrews 5:8). Often faith and love shine most clearly, simply, and courageously in a dark place…Often, our typical sins emerge in reaction to betrayal, loss or pain. Hammered by some evil, we discover the evils in our own hearts (Romans 12:17). And perhaps most often, in the hands of our kind and purposeful Father, the bad and the good both come out. A trial brings out what is most wrong in you, and God brings about what is most right as he meets you and works with you (Psalm 119:67). The endurance of faith is one of the Spirit’s finest fruits–and you only learn to endure when you must live through something hard.”

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