Whatever is inside a tube of toothpaste comes out when you squeeze it, and whatever is inside of me comes out when the pressure is on. Problems don’t change us as much as they expose us. But, I like to say, “Wow, that wasn’t really like me. I can’t believe I said that. I can’t believe I did that. I can’t believe I lost my cool. I must be under a lot of stress.” No! It is exactly like me because whatever is on the inside of me is going to come out when I am under pressure. It just reveals what was hiding underneath. We could all be wonderful people if we were constantly on a beautiful, tropical island on vacation. I’m a beautiful person on vacation, unless it’s one of those driving vacations in the car with the whole family. Then, I’m not so beautiful. The weaknesses in my character are exposed when the pressure is on.
Deuteronomy 8:2 says, “The Lord your God led you all the way in the dessert these forty years to test you in order to know what was in your heart.” God already knew what was in their heart; He just wanted them to see it. They had to wander in the dessert forty years so they could see what was in their heart and how their character needed to change to become the people God had intended them to be. God shows me the flaws in my character and if I admit it and say, “God, begin to change me,” then He can get to work on making me a new creation.