“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience,” Romans 5:3.
Nathan Noel Rogers, use some patience!
Yes, you probably heard something similar from your mom when you were young, too. This was always very confusing to me because my mom would say this, but I heard people commonly use the phrase never pray for patience. I had trouble understanding that. That was until I read Romans 5:3-5. In these verses, we see that “patience” or “endurance” is a trait that is built through difficulties.
Nobody goes out looking for trials. No one yearns for tribulation. I do not know anyone that prays that problems would come their way. But we can rejoice even in tough times! We can glory in the difficult days of life. There is a ray of sunshine even in our darkest period. We rejoice not because the trials are enjoyable. We rejoice because even in the mess, God is up to something. He has established this progressive transformation that is triggered by the enduring of our trials according to Romans 5:3-5.
When we endure trouble, we must see the blessing that is hidden in it. James 1:2 states to “count it all joy” when we fall into these trials and tribulations. Maybe we just need to do as my momma said and “use some patience.”
JUST A THOUGHT
Do you find joy in your trials because you know God is doing a work in you?