Today’s Scripture: Romans 5:3-4
The Department of Natural Resources has published principles for testing the “integrity” or depth of ice. For instance, when ice is only two inches thick, people are warned to “stay off.” Four-inch ice can accommodate ice fishing and foot activities. When ice reaches the depth of twelve to fifteen inches, a medium-size truck can drive over it without danger. The greater the depth of the ice, the more pressure it can stand. The same idea can apply to our character—the greater the depth of our integrity, the more pressure we can stand.
In Romans 5:3-4, Paul states, “We rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character, and character hope.” God is extremely interested in the depth of our integrity, which is why he allows us to be tested.
The Lord was fully convinced of Job’s ability to withstand a strong amount of pressure, which is why he unhesitatingly gave permission for Satan to “drive his truck” over Job’s life. Job never cracked under that extenuating pressure. He proved himself to be mature and complete—a man of Godly character.
- How quickly do you crack in the midst of life’s challenges?
- What can you do to increase the depth of your integrity?