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What You Learn in Tough Times

What You Learn in Tough Times

‘…Problems and trials…are good for us…’  Romans 5:3 TLB

We all want ‘…the crown of life…’ the Lord promised (James 1:12 NKJV)—but we don’t want the ‘problems and trials’ that develop ‘strength of character in us’ (Romans 5:4 NLT).

But it can’t be done.

Here’s what you learn in tough times:

  • Enjoyment. ‘Count it all joy when you fall into…trials’ (James 1:2 NKJV). It’s when you pass God’s test that He fills you with His joy. So take out some of those groans from your prayers and throw in more hallelujahs.

Remember, pain is inevitable—misery is optional!

  • Enlargement. The Psalmist wrote, ‘…Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress…’ (Psalms 4:1 KJV). Most of the things we know best, we learned the hard way.

Our greatest progress comes from our greatest pain;

hence God doesn’t save us from it, but strengthens us in it.

  • Enlightenment. The Bible says, ‘Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness…’ (Psalms 112:4 NKJV). We don’t realize how little we know until we walk through those gloomy, creepy places and God switches on the light.
  • Endurance. James writes, ‘…See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm…’ (James 5:7-8 NIV). You can’t shorten the seasons or hurry the harvest, so be patient. And pay attention.

While you’re waiting, God is working.

Bruce Wilkinson says, ‘Tests of faith are trials and hardships that invite you to surrender something of great value to God, even when you have every right not to.’

What now?

What job you don’t enjoy doing? Are you trying – hard? – to change your attitude towards it? What more needs to be done?

If you have been greatly affected by Typhoon Yolanda, or any of your family and love ones, reflect on how this experience can renew your faith in God.

Lyn Balasico

November 11th, 2013

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