TODAY’S MEDITATION – Trials are there to develop Christlikeness in you (Romans 5:3-4)

Asking “why?” when we are going through problems, hardships and trials is so human and so natural that even Christians don’t always understand why suffering is always there, despite their close relationship with the Lord, despite their prayers. My brother, my sister, the Bible tells us that our trials can only work for us and definitely not against us because the Lord is on our side in times of troubles: “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5). Therefore we should rejoice and certainly not cry when we run into trials. And when you ask yourself ” Why should I rejoice when I have problems? ” The Word of God gives you the answer in today’s verses: trials are good for you because they help you develop endurance, strength of character, and hope. My friend, we should then learn to focus on the process and not on the pain we are going through, because when you hold the course, we will eventually discover that we have become strong, stable and confident Christians because “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Let’s bear in mind that the only thing we will take with us when we stand before God is not our earthly comfort, but rather the character traits of Jesus that we have developed in this life, that is why God wants us to develop Christlikeness. So, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.