This article is for those who fear the Lord, those whose hope is in the Lord and waits upon Him patiently. A good character, as the Bible points out is better than riches. But this, must be rightly pointed out that an explicit character never come by without breaking a sweat.
As gold is tested by fire, so is human character tested in the furnace of humiliation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that serving God comes with heartaches, my point is, if you purpose to serve God, then you have to be proved worthy of your greater status and destiny.
There is a reward in trusting God. If not, tell me, has the Lord ever abandoned anyone who puts his hopes on Him? Has He ever ignored anyone who calls on Him genuinely?
How then, can one fully gain a reputable character made of God? The following can be used as some of the ways in which a noble character can be achieved;
i). Exercise patience in the Lord
Learn to be patient. Be prepared, cloth yourself for the days of tests. Do not curse the Lord in your lowly days. Be sincere and determined for prosperity and victory awaits at the end.
In your testing period, impurities are washed off, your purity is made clear and evident for all to see. Look up unto the Lord of hosts for His promises are true and amen. As Job evidently showed us, patience is the mother of rewards!
ii). Be faithful unto God
A story is told in the Bible of a faithless Israel and her unfaithful sister Judah. Judah, would go before God and worship, while Israel turned against God Almighty and worshipped other gods (who were indeed, not god in anyway). This story as written in the book of Jeremiah continues to tell us that, Judah, as much as she worshipped God, she was pretentious at heart. God detested her and restored the faithless Israel who was not in actual true worship.
This clearly shows that God isn’t amused by those who pretend to love Him yet their hearts are far from Him.
The Lord urges us to avoid being lukewarm in His presence. He instead says as a Christian, you should either be cold or hot and not lukewarm.
Be faithful to the decrees of the Lord, write His precepts in the tablet of your heart.
Walk straight in the paths of the Lord and He will be on your side. He will make known His ways to you.
But doom is eminent for those who:
-lose their courage in God
– those with no faith in God
– those who curse and have no hope in the Lord
How then can the fear of the Lord dwell in us?
– by obeying God’s commands
– by living according to the ways and precepts of God
– by serving the Lord with all that we have
– place your destiny in the hands of God and not man
As I repeat, nothing good come without breaking a sweat.