Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
“I can’t go through this anymore,” Tashi wailed in prayer, “when is it going to end? Please Lord, I’m tired and weak, I give up.” Yet, the next morning, as she opened her eyes, she asked the Lord for His strength and mercy and hoped that this would be the day when she would see a change.
Only someone who has been battling various enemies for a long long time will be able to comment on how difficult it is to ALWAYS be joyful in times of troubles. When you’ve been waiting for a breakthrough for years, either you give up or you grow up. Though Tashi said that she wanted to give up, the very fact that she woke up the next morning with hope shows that she had actually grown up.
Sufferings may be painful, only because they put us to the test-physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Eventually, we learn to endure. Science says if you take 10-15 mins to stretch, you allow your body to get stronger. Likewise, even with our spirits. Which is why the Lord allows us to face challenges, never leaving us alone but preparing, equipping and strengthening us all the while. With every affliction, you get braver and braver, getting refined in your faith and character. Look back on your life and reflect on how you’ve matured through hardships. Now look forward in confidence that He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. Not by your strength, not by your might, but by the Spirit of the Lord. His strength will be made perfect in your weakness. When you are weak and heavy laden, He says, ‘Come to me.’ For His yoke is easy and His burden is light. The righteous may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them ALL! Thank you Jesus!