How do “you” go through a trial?  Do YOU consider it all joy when temptations and trials knock on your door?

How many of us go kicking and screaming through trials and tribulations?  I can tell you this:  I’ve won some, but I’ve lost a lot more!

That’s what I like so much about the story of Joseph.  He was probably the most perfect person that we can read about in our Bibles.  It seems as if Joseph handled himself well in every adversity.

I can only imagine how I would feel if my family had sold me as a slave.  I can only imagine how I would have acted if I had been imprisoned for something I didn’t do!  Even though I really like Joseph and the way he handled himself, I guess I’d be more like Abraham in his “not too fine a moment” or even like David who “failed miserably” at times.  I am glad that the Bible records both the good things that were done, as well as, the not-so-good things.  It helps to encourage us that we really CAN get back on track in our walk with the Lord.  We really can get back to speed in dream fulfillment.

Most Christians would agree that we are being molded into the likeness of Jesus.  Yes, we are to become more like Him.  What’s funny is that some of the things that we encounter along life’s journey to mold our character and test our integrity and cause “iron to enter our souls,” are the very things that we want to fight against and cast out of our lives.

Instead of our trials using us, let’s reverse the tables and use our trials.  Let’s allow  God’s perfect work to be done in us.  Let’s allow iron to enter our souls.