We have all had those “Why me?” moments. I know I have. Those moments (or seasons) can be brutal on our faith. Times of struggle can also draw us closer to God as we lean on Him to understand. It can also be a time of learning and lessons.
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One of the verses from a new scripture writing challenge I started was Romans 5:3-5. It says:
Not only that, but 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.
Wow, rejoice in our sufferings? That’s a task and a half, isn’t it? Especially when you’re in the THICK of it. But I read on and it opened my eyes to all that we can gain from a bad situation.
Suffering produces ENDURANCE: If we can live through the hurt and the pain, on the other side is the knowledge that we can endure hard things.
Endurance produces CHARACTER: Being able to endure hard things builds character. You’ve likely heard or said that at least once in your life while trying to be positive about something negative – “It builds character.”
Character produces HOPE: Armed with character, how can you be hopeless? Knowing who you are and whose you are – you can persevere!
I have suffered. I have suffered from a broken home and a broken heart. I suffer from physical pain. I have suffered from disappointments and destructive behavior. What was impossible to see during these times was each lesson and layer these trials were building in me. I was angry and hurt and often asked God why He put me through certain things.
In hindsight, these were the building blocks of my faith and gave me new strength and allowed me to grow. And it didn’t really occur to me until I did this devotional and realized I have PERSEVERED! I seem to have learned to live in & appreciate God’s love and all the lessons he’s taught me – even if I had to suffer to get here.