Rejoice in Suffering

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“…and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)

REFLECT

Thanksgiving is such an important part of our relationship with God. We give Him thanks for lots of things – our friends, family, food and so many other things. It is easy to thank Him for all the things we are happy about, but what about the things we find the hardest to accept?

To thank God for trials and hardships is something that is hard to wrap your head around – it just doesn’t sound right: to thank God for hard times? Sounds, off. But in Romans 5, Paul makes it very clear that just as we rejoice over the glory of God, we are to rejoice over the sufferings we go through. While it may seem like nothing will come out of the struggle, we gain a lot more than we suspect.

Here are the three things Paul says come out of our struggling: “…suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (v3-4).” While we see nothing but brokenness in the midst of trials, God sees nothing but wholeness ahead. Ultimately, He uses that time of refining to ensure we walk out of that trial better than when we walked into it.

God is working in us when we least expect Him to be. It is through the times of trial and hardship that we learn our biggest lessons and are take Taking this into consideration, we find it so easy to thank Him in times of blessing, but what about the times of trial? Ultimately, we gain more out of trial than we do blessing. While we are to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:18), make it a goal to thank Him more in the struggles than anything else. This dedication of thanks when you are at your worst strengthens faith and confirms hope.

Sisters, count it all joy, as the Scriptures say, for you can be assured that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness! Always give thanks!

APPLY

Give thanks to the Lord in the midst of your current/next ultimate struggle. How can you improve in this area? Does/can your giving thanks produce a more positive attitude within the struggle?