Today’s Scripture: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

God often uses the same frost that kills peaches to grow people. A young Christian was trying to get into the peach-growing business. He worked hard and invested all that he had into his beautiful, blossoming peach orchard. Then the frost came, and it destroyed his entire crop. Mad and frustrated at God, he refused to go to church for the next month.

The man’s pastor visited his house and introduced himself after knocking on the door. Without opening the door, the young man yelled, “Pastor, I’m not going to church anymore. Do you think I can worship a God who doesn’t care enough to keep my peaches from being destroyed?”

The pastor answered, “God loves you more than those peaches. He knows that while peaches can grow without frost, Christians cannot grow without trials. You see, God is not in the business of growing peaches, but in the business of growing Christians.”

These words changed the young Christian’s perspective entirely. Have you ever wondered why God allowed something you cared a great deal about to be taken away? Losses are always painful. As we try to recover from the shock, sorrow, anger, and guilt which sets in, it’s very easy to blame God or others. Like the young Christian in the story, we need to learn that loss is not a sign that God is against us, but that He is for us. God is using the “frost” to grow us. He loves us more than the things and circumstances we are clinging to for happiness and contentment. When we let go, we are blessed.

Maybe you have lost a loved one to disease. Perhaps after many years at your workplace you have lost your job. You may have had to use your retirement savings to pay off your mortgage, leaving you with little or nothing for the future. Maybe a spouse has left you to raise the kids alone. Instead of blaming God for the frost in your life, remember His love for you. Let Him grow you as a person. Ask Him to give you the right perspective in your trials today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder