📅 The good side of problems – Daily Bible Reading

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September 25, 2022

Today’s reading: Romans 5:3-4

The good side of problems

We read in Romans 5:3-4:

3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 

Sometimes, the Bible doesn’t make sense according to human reasoning. Does Paul really know what he was writing? What does he mean to glory in tribulation? You don’t glory in tribulation. The natural response is to get frustrated, depressed, and even give up.

Yet, we see here that we must glory in tribulation. The Greek word here also means that we should rejoice in tribulation. The Bible has been consistent. We read in multiple places in the Scripture that the right response to hardships is to stay positive and joyful.

Why? What’s the reason we should glory in tribulation?

Paul wrote because tribulation produces perseverance, which will, in turn, produce good character and hope. There’s no secret that it is only through hardships that we can build our spiritual muscles.

Our faith doesn’t automatically grow simply by doing nothing. It doesn’t automatically increase with the passing of time. On the contrary, you have to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

It is just one of those harsh truths in life. The sooner you understand and accept this, the better you’ll be at developing your faith.

As followers of Yahshua, our suffering has a purpose. It is not pointless. Tribulations teach us valuable lessons that no comfort can teach. They make us weak so that we rely on God’s strength. 

Suffering may be unpleasant, but they never last. We just enjoy the struggle, knowing that at the end of it all, you’ll come out spiritually stronger and more faithful.

So, don’t disdain the difficulties of life. They are there for a purpose. God knows what He is doing and He will not give you a problem you can’t handle. Instead, He allows tribulations to happen to you so that you’ll be ready to be part of His Kingdom.


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