Scripture to Read: Romans 5:3–4
Today, God challenges us about how we are to react to the tests and trials of this life. So many times, when a test or trial hits us, we immediately ask for God’s deliverance, or we might find ourselves complaining, whining, or pouting about how horrible our test or trial is at that moment in our lives. God used Paul to remind us how to deal with our lives' tests, trials, and tribulations. God, through Paul, tells us that with the joy we have in Christ, we are to exult/rejoice/be joyful in our sufferings. So, we’re to rejoice in our hardships. When we first examine this, it seems so contradictory to what we feel, and it should. Our feelings tell us that we should always be comfortable and that life should be easy. But, our feelings lie to us every day. Therefore, we must crucify our feelings and choose to walk in obedience to our Lord. God tells us that our hardships (tests, trials, tribulations) produce incredible benefits. According to God, our hardships produce His patient endurance within us. We see this same Truth in James 1:2–4. God used James to share with believers who were walking through incredible persecution to have joy amid their trials. Through James, God also said that testing our faith produces His endurance in us. God also adds that His perseverance in us produces proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope, and confident assurance of eternal salvation (Romans 5:4 AMP). So, let’s learn to rejoice and watch God produce His attributes in us.
Challenge & Application
Why is it so hard to rejoice amid our hardships, tests, and trials?
How do we begin the process of walking in obedience to our Lord amid our hardships, tests, and trials?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!