They say trials and suffering builds character but it is not just only character that trials and suffering builds but faith as well. Faith is the building block, the firm foundation that builds character.
Everyone has faith and belief in something, this is what motivates and inspires people in whatever they do. Their faith and belief in whatever is what gives them hope especially when they face hardship. As one goes through difficulty and can see no light or relief coming soon, who and where do they turn to??? You have to have faith in something, you have to believe in something that will give you hope for a better tomorrow. So the question now becomes who or what do you believe in and who or what do you place your faith in??? Yourself, another human, fate, destiny or God?
There are some trials and circumstance that are heavy to carry, that can shake your belief and faith system and that can make you question everything you believe in. When these type of trials occur you are left with only to two choices. The choice you chose will determine your future, faith and character.
Your choice of what you do when faced with such despair and difficulty is where true growth happens and character is built… you either grow in character and strength or you grow in bitterness and anger. Do you chose to follow Christ and believe in him when everything looks and feels over or do you give up and give in to the feeling of despair and hopelessness.
Honestly, it is very easy to give into despair and hopelessness and just give up. Thinking life won’t get better. But be careful because danger lies in that path. Before we know it, we begin to complain and soon that complaining turns into rebellion of the Lord. Look at the Israelites in the desert…their grumbling led to them being in the desert for 40 years. A whole generation died and did not see the Promised Land. Somewhere on their journey they lost hope because they lacked faith. Without faith we can have no hope.
Then there is Joseph, he kept to the way of the Lord and did not let false imprisonment and betrayal break him or rob him of his faith in God. In fact, Joseph’s trial built his faith in God and his Character. It was his faith that gave him hope for a better tomorrow when all seemed naught. With faith Joseph had hope in tomorrow and God delivered him and gave him a future.
Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5 ESV