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Hardship may come upon us for many reasons.

Job 5:6-8 (New International Version)

For hardship does not spring from the soil,
nor does trouble sprout from the ground.

Yet man is born to trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward.

We may bring hardship on ourselves through our mistakes or our own sin. Hardship may be brought to us by others or through the impersonal presence of evil in the world. God may use the megaphone of pain to get our attention.

There is one thing all hardship has in common.

It lays us out and opens us up for something to be taken from us…

a dream, an object, our health, our mobility, our privacy, our security…

a freedom, a pleasure…

a person!

a relationship, our social standing

a wrong priority, a poor emotional investment, an attachment, a selfish ambition, a cherished view of ourselves, a lifestyle that competes with God’s intention for our lives.

But, something will be removed and we will have to live without it, sometimes temporarily and sometimes for the rest of our lives.

There’s a recovery period, a risk of infection, the possibility of complications. The longer and more invasive the surgery, the harder the recovery.

Fight for recovery. Fight infection. Fight to avoid complications.

But don’t fight The Surgeon.

James 1:2-4 (New International Version)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

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