Yesterday I had some frustrating things happen that pushed my buttons. I could feel my patience wearing thin. I thought about how my momma says “don’t ask for patience because you will get tribulations.” As I thought of her words, I said to myself “I didn’t even ask for patience today”. In a few moments, I was over my aggravation. It registered with me that there was a time that my reaction to those little annoyances would have been very different. It used to be normal that I would have gotten a lot more upset and would have let it put me in a bad mood for the rest of my day.
But I’ve learned to let more things roll of my back. Of course this attitude didn’t happen over night and I still am not as patient or relaxed as I want to be, but I am much better than I used to be.
While I certainly never wanted tribulations in my life, I appreciate that through tribulations I have grown as a person. So as odd as it sounds, I’m grateful for the tribulations I’ve been through. Why am I be grateful for tribulations? Because God tells me He will be with me and that tribulations produces perseverance. (Romans 3:3).
I will glory in tribulations, because they help me learn patience and perseverance. So today I give thanks for the tribulations because I know God is with me and using them for His good.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 3:3-5
“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;” Romans 12:12
“When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” Deuteronomy 4:30-31 KJV
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Until next time