Over the past few weeks Jess, Kay & I enjoyed a holiday to Queensland with the wider family. There were 12 of us in the group. Due to restrictions and lockdowns we did not do as we had planned, but the disappointments we
experienced helped to draw us closer together and we were blessed with 5 unplanned days at Rainbow Beach that included a day trip to Fraser Island.
We are saved to grow stronger in Christ every day and that strength often comes through hardship as is explained by Paul in Romans 5. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, 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 5:1-5, ESV.
“While each of us will encounter difficulties—even tribulations or trials—Paul helps us recognize that those circumstances are part of God’s recipe for our growth. “Hope does not disappoint.” James offers a similar exhortation:
“Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in
nothing” (James 1:2–4, NASB).
Trials and difficulties are designed to produce in believers an eternal benefit.”
From Got questions.
I have huge respect for the humble wheat plant. I have seen them suffer and be cut off at ground level by drifting soil in terrible winds and then they bravely sent up another shoot. I saw this first hand in the drought of 1977. Emily
Gersema writes about research done by Sarah Feakins from the University of Southern California, “A solution to help farmers to grow crops in dry areas or during stretches of drought may depend on breeding and cultivating plants
that protect themselves with a thicker layer of leaf wax, a new study shows.”
“During tests with growing winter wheat, a type harvested for yeast-based breads and other such products, the team found that the cultivars in a high and dry area of Texas generated more protective wax on their leaves as a measure to protect themselves against more extreme conditions.