It is a good thing that you are asking this question. You asked or thought to yourself, “What does the Bible say about character?” Well, I tell you, the Bible refers to character a lot. Character is one factor that distinguishes those who succeed with God in the Bible from those who do not. David was a man after God’s heart because he exhibited character even though he made some mistakes as well. But overall, David had a heart for God.
He feared God, and the Lord loved him for that and helped him tremendously. You see, David was in a position to kill King Saul and take his throne; moreover, God made it known to him that he was next in line after Saul, but he refused to lay his hands on the king. My friend, this is the kind of character that is so lacking in our world today.
In these days and times where it seems as if there is too much moral decadence, God expects his children to behave differently from the children of the world. Your character will determine how far you go in life. Do not allow yourself to be ruled by the things that are happening around you, but rather be determined to serve the Lord as Joseph did, irrespective of all the challenges he was faced with.
He didn’t give in to the problems, nor did he give up on serving the Lord, but rather he put his trust in God, and the Lord delivered and promoted him. We see in the Bible that later he became the prime minister of Egypt. He was enthroned in a foreign land and was later used by God to bring redemption for his people, Israel. (Genesis 41:37-44)
There are numerous other examples of good character in the Bible. Regardless of the difficulty of having a child, Abraham placed his trust in God. And the LORD blessed him with a son. If he hadn’t shown good character, the blessing wouldn’t have come.
Bringing it all home, what are you going through that God cannot handle? The issue is that you have refused to trust God with the problem. Or you have chosen to give up because God’s timing doesn’t work for you. Some of you are in such a hurry that trusting in the Lord is now difficult. God expects you to show good character at all times, particularly when no one is looking at you.
In Romans 5:3-5, the Bible says, And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Know that no matter the challenge, God expects you to exhibit good behavior. From the above text, you can see that patience brings about experience. If you’re patient enough in that tribulation, by the time you come out of it, like Joseph, you will learn something that you will carry into the future, and God can use you as a blessing to others who might have similar challenges in the future.
Do you know that God has needs? Yes, he does. God expects you to grow spiritually so that you can become a medium through which he can reach others. Assuming you go through that challenge and never make it out of it, and it so happens that God has lined you up to be the conduit by which he will deliver others, what will happen to those people if you fail to come to their aid at their time of need? You see, God prepared Joseph, and at the end he used him to deliver Israel from famine. You need a good character to succeed in this world.
How about Jesus? If he hadn’t suffered the shame of the cross, you and I would have been condemned forever. But because of the love that Jesus has for us, he suffered shame so that he could redeem us from sin and Satan. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” Jesus took all of our curses upon himself so you and I could live. All he is asking of us today is to show character, serve him, and trust in the Lord, your God.
Make up your mind to exhibit good behavior wherever you are. Allow God to lead you, to teach you, and to make you what he wants for you. God does not build a man so that he can enjoy the benefits alone. He builds the man and uses him as a channel of blessing for other people. I see God building you up so that you can help those around you.
I want you to change your mind starting today. Think differently, regardless of what you’re going through. Don’t go about discussing your problem; rather, pray to God about it and have faith. Trust God to deliver you, and work toward the solution by faith, and as you do, the Lord will meet you there. Remember, faith without work is dead.
God will look at your work as a way of measuring your faith. So, if you do no work but rather just sit down and complain, God will not help you. Because what you’re doing doesn’t exemplify good character. Hear me: God will never leave you comfortless or forsake you. At the right time, God will show up for you. But your attitude must be right in the face of the challenge.
Give yourself to studying the Word of God. Pay attention to the thoughts going through your mind. Philippians 4:8, the Bible says: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
God looks at the heart. He knows what you’re thinking. And if what you’re thinking is not in line with his Word, you won’t receive the blessing. For the blessing to come to you, make up your mind to start thinking thoughts that are in line with the Word of God. Besides, how would you think such thoughts if you did not have the Word of God inside you? Therefore, you need to start feeding on the Word of God so that the Holy Spirit can use the Word that is inside you to lead, deliver, and bless you.
I hope you learned something from this piece. Set your heart toward God and see how things will begin to work for you. The blessing might tarry, but it will surely come. And again, serve God for who he is, not just because you need something.