Let us exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about endurance; and endurance, evidence; and evidence, hope. Romans 5:3-4
God uses several means to keep us trusting in him to the end. One of the most frequent is tribulation. He seems to favor it more than other means because faith is like a muscle which only grows stronger as it repeatedly encounters resistance. Tribulation is the resistance our faith needs for it to remain strong enough to be obedient, even unto death. God ledIsraelthrough the wilderness to humble them and to test their faith, so he might do good to them in the end. So he warned them to watch out for the good times: “Beware, lest when you have eaten and are satisfied … then your heart becomes proud, and you forget the Eternal, your God, who brought you from thelandofEgypt.” Today tribulation forces us to ask the question, “Is Jesus really my source of joy in life?” The more we can answer “Yes” to this question, in spite of our circumstances, the more joy we will actually experience as he brings us through each difficulty. Then our confidence of future good will grow as we see how well he keeps us going.
Faithful God, help me to see clearly all you are doing to bring me through my troubles, and give me boldness to bless you as I relate to others the hope I have in troubled times. Amen.