Rejoicing in Difficulties

adversityAnd we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Roman 8:28

I was reading Romans eight this morning and was greatly encouraged by the Word. I absolutely love how God’s Word has the power to do that! So often in our day-to-day life we tend to let circumstances get the best of us. Satan when given the opportunity, loves to rob us of our joy and suck the life right out of us.

Let’s face it, life is not always easy or pleasant. We often have to endure difficulties or adversity which tests our faith. When difficulties arise, do we truly believe that God is good and is working all things for our good?

The way we learn to deal with difficulties can truly make all the difference between walking in victory versus giving in to defeat.  As followers of Christ Jesus, it is a necessity that we make God’s Word our standard for living and to do so we must spend adequate time with Him and in the Word.

When we know what God’s Word says about any given circumstance, we don’t have to rely on our feelings, which tend to ebb and flow from minute to minute. When we learn to trust God and take Him at his Word it brings forth the peace of God which surpasses understanding regardless of the circumstance.

I know when hard things happen in life, we in our humanness tend to reflect that humanness upon God and question why He would allow such things if he truly loves us. But that’s just it, God allows difficulties and adversity because He loves us. He uses them to mold and shape our character and to make us more like Him. 

In walking with Him and by his Spirit we have the ability to walk in love vs. hate, joy vs. sorrow, peace vs. anger, patience vs. impatience and so forth. His spirit living within us helps us to overcome our flesh and produces in us the fruit of a life abiding with Him.

I have seen many believers go through very difficult circumstances and when asked in retrospect, most would say that, “Yes, they now see how God used their difficulty or adversity for good in their lives.” That is the power and testimony of God’s grace working in us and through us. It’s an amazing thing! God doesn’t call us to comfortable lives, rather he calls us to purposeful lives!

In Romans 5:3 it says . . . that we can rejoice in our sufferings. Now I don’t know anyone in there right mind who wants to rejoice in suffering. But what it means is rather that we can trust God and learn to praise him despite difficulties and adversity. We do this because we know that He is always working on our behalf bringing about good even when it may not look or feel like it. This is the kind of faith God rewards because it is trusting beyond what we can see in the natural world.

God loves us and wants what is best for us. When we are His child,  He is continually in the process of making and molding into the image of his Son. This is a lifelong process that happens as we submit to His Lordship in our lives. We can trust in His love and goodness and know that he is working all things for our good and that even through difficulties and adversity there is purpose. Let the the difficulties your facing today to drive you to the feet of Jesus!

Romans 5:3-5 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. 

II Corinthians 1:3-7  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

 II Corinthians 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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