I know that may be hard to “see” in the midst of the tears, and storms, you are going through, “But God…,” He promises and He will not fail to keep His promise for you, His “Beloved” child. You may not understand this side of Heaven and why all the troubles but you have His “Precious and magnificent promises,” to encourage, strengthen you, and He will fulfill His Word to you, and “He who began a good work IN you will complete it..”-{Phil 1;6} “God is working IN You to give you the DESIRE and Power to do what is pleasing to Him.”-{Phil 1:6;2:13}. And God has given you “everything pertaining to life and Godliness,” so you can respond with Godly choices as an expression of love for Him who loves you.-{Read 2 Peter 1:3; John 14:21}

“All things” including these difficult things you may be going through “…will work together for good to those who love God and are the called “-{Rom 8:28}!

And He says in Romans 5:3-4 that we can “Exult…Boast.” amidst our “sufferings…tribulations… great pressures” as Paul refers to them in Romans 5:3-4. The word “Exult, Boast” means to be ”Joyfully confident” because of what we “know.” to be “fully aware” of, assured that He is “producing,” bringing about three virtues, namely, “Perseverance, Proven Character, Hope,” in us amidst our troubles -{Rom 5:3-4}.

God uses Sufferings, tribulations, and great pressures, to develop and display the Christ follower’s faith as genuine. And matures their perseverance, proven character, hope. And so they “exult,”- glory, boast in confident joy because of what they “know” God is doing as revealed in His Word!

It is difficult indeed impossible apart from the Spirit of God working in us and helping shape our PERSPECTIVE to consciously…THINK BIBLICALLY Through the Trials With the TRUTH! Taking the Scriptures and placing them upon my circumstances and seeing what His Word teaches such as in Romans 5:3-5.

How we THINK will determine our response.

We all THINK, but we do not all THINK Biblically all the time and so we have to grow in our understanding of God, His will, and ways, and this we do according to His Word and need to be continually Renewing our minds in the Word. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”-{Romans 12:2}

If we do not align our THINKING with God’s Word we will come up with wrong conclusions about God and confusion will abound, faith will be in tatters.

It does not mean if we THINK ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE we will be spared emotional pain, and that somehow we need to fake it in front of others that everything is wonderful when in fact our hearts may be suffering painfully so. But what it does mean as I SUBMIT myself to God, knowing that He is SOVEREIGN– in complete control of my life and is SHAPING my Character conforming me to the image of Christ, I can THINK Correctly “KNOWING” from His Word some of what He is definitely doing and will achieve by the work of the SPIRIT OF GOD in me as I cooperate with Him as revealed in SCRIPTURE.

THINKING CORRECTLY About God, that He is in Control and He has an end in view and that in part is that we are not ignorant but that we are “fully aware,” that GOD IS SOVEREIGN– “PRODUCING” something specific, namely about what God is doing. We “know” from Romans 5 :3-4 He is using the sufferings to SHAPE OUR CHARACTER. So remember in our Sufferings…

  • SEE Troubles as They Are.
  • SUBMIT to Him
  • God is SOVEREIGN.
  • God is SHAPING my Character.

That is why we YOU can confidently say…

God is working my troubles FOR me and not against me!

God bless,