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“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.” – Romans 5:3,4
When you plan your day, do you purposely plan difficulties and troubles in it? Of course not, we try to make our days go as smoothly as possible. What does Paul mean when he tells us to rejoice in our difficulties? Isn’t that a strange approach to life? Shouldn’t we be upset and mad yelling out that life is not fair? Well, if we follow the pattern of the world around, that would be the reaction to the difficulties of life, but if we are living today with a focus on heaven we see it all differently. Nothing will come into our lives that is not allowed by God and everything that comes is for a purpose. The distress, pressure, and troubles are to teach us patience. The patience, builds our character or spiritual maturity. The spiritual maturity, gets our focus on eternity and gives us hope as we think about its rewards and blessings. Today’s troubles are just the sandpaper that will give us a beautiful finish that will last forever. So, Paul is reminding us to not focus on the problems, but rather the end results.