Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Paul tells us to rejoice in our sufferings. This is something that is so hard to do. It is easy to rejoice when things are going well but rejoice when we suffer? That just does not seem right. Yet the trials we endure are not there to punish but to make us strong. Just as we exercise to make our bodies strong so we must make our walk with God strong. When we exercise we hurt. Our bodies are sore and sometimes we feel like the pain is too much to endure. Yet as we continue to exercise we notice that little by little we are in less pain and we are growing stronger.
So too are the sufferings we go through in life. As we lean on God to get us through each trial we grow stronger in our faith. We learn to lean on God and not our own understanding. We grow little by little and as we grow we are able to help others in their spiritual growth. I know that sometimes it seems like God is punishing us or putting us through things we are not strong enough to endure but we are told that He will never give us more than we can handle. And if we lean on God there is nothing that we cannot do.
Just as we need resistance to make out muscles stronger so we need trials to make our walk stronger.
Have a blessed day,