“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
This past week was brutal. There was trial after trial, and it seemed as if they were never-ending. Have you ever had weeks where it felt like there was no hope?
As Peter says in this verse, we shouldn’t be surprised when trials come our way—that’s apart of life. But how we deal with those trials say a great deal about our maturity in Christ and our ability to lean on Him instead of ourselves. God will use these trials as a test to our faith; we need to have a heavenly focus in mind, and a heart that is aimed to glorify Him in whatever comes our way.
Sisters, God is good, and He is good all the time. His sovereign will is better than what we could ever dream of, although in the moment it may seem like our whole world is tumbling down. We are not called just to endure these hardships, but also to rejoice in them, as we get an inappreciable glimpse of what Jesus endured on the cross for our sins. Let us take hope in the fact that His glory will shine throughout no matter what the circumstance.
Father, help me to praise You every day, even in the storm. Thank You for Your good and faithful hand throughout my life.
Who or what do you lean on when trials come your way? How can you turn those trials into good?
About the Author
Raegan Thornhill is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the director, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.