“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thes. 5:18, NIV)
It is easy to fixate on difficulties and disappointments in life. In fact, anyone can point out problems and things that are far from perfect. It takes a unique person to stare heartache in the face and not be overcome with negativity. But those who choose to find the silver lining of suffering will be far more content than those who see only the storm.
In arduous seasons, don’t squander your time focusing on the negative. Instead, embrace each moment, especially the difficult ones, as gifts from above. Tribulation can bring unique opportunities to grow, learn and mature. It is when we face affliction that we have incentive to draw closer to Christ.
I am convinced that God allows suffering in our lives because he is more interested in our character than our comfort. While God does not want us to hurt, he knows that adversity can produce in us an end result much greater than where we began. His word says that, “… in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV)
When used correctly, trials can purge us of ungodly attitudes and make us more holy. In these times, our relationship with God can be strengthened. Instead of bemoaning your difficult circumstance, ask Christ to help you make the most of this unique opportunity.
Are you facing difficulties today? It could be just what you need to draw you closer to Christ. Remember, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8, ESV)