Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
Today, I am thankful for trials. Temptations. Adversity. Difficulties. Troubles. Annoyances. Hardships. Irritations. Suffering.
Well, you get the idea, yeah?
Now, don't get me wrong. I am not thanking the Lord for a particular temptation this morning. I am just not that spiritual…yet.
But I do understand – intellectually and Biblically – that these troubles do an important work in our lives.
They refine us. They make us stronger. They teach us more of the character of our God. They remind us how frail we are in the flesh. They draw our eyes to God.
Most importantly, I believe, is the truth that the hardships of life drive us to our knees.
It is not easy to endure them, although we are admonished to do so.
II Timothy 2:3 "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."
However, it does a great work in our hearts and lives if we persevere through the temptations and adversities.
Dear friend, please don't lose heart in the midst of your difficulties. Especially, if you struggling with some private trial.
I read this today, and it helped me:
"Your crown of glory lies embedded in the very heart of these things – those hardships and trials that are pressing you this very hour, week, and month of your life.
The hardest things are not those that the world knows of. Down in your secret soul unseen and unknown by any but Jesus, there is a little trial that you would not dare to metion, that is harder for you to bear than martyrdom.
There, beloved, lies your crown. God help you to overcome, and sometime wear it."
I'm sure some problem has come to your mind while you read this today. If so, try to find it in your heart to thank the Lord for that trial. I promise that your attitude of thankfulness will go a long way toward helping you through the difficulty.
Today, I am wishing you the blessing of peace that comes with gratitude,