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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Transformational Trials”
No matter what you may be going through, it doesn’t have to be discouraging. Trials no longer need to send you to the dungeon of despair, or the swamp of sadness. Trials no longer need to send you spiraling into hopelessness.
Instead, we can approach the trials and tribulations of life with the knowledge that, no matter what, God will work them out for our good.
“And we know 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)
We can face the trials and tribulations of life knowing that God has a purpose and a plan behind them.
The Bible says, “We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
Paul is explaining the great benefits that God works toward our good through the trials and tribulations of life.
The word, ‘tribulation,’ in the Greek primarily means a pressing or pressure and speaks to the pressures that life brings. And when Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33b), it means that life is going to be especially hard, especially when you’re a believer. But we don’t have to worry; because Jesus has overcome the world and through Him, we have peace.
Paul then adds to Jesus’s promise by saying that through such suffering, through such affliction, through such pressure, God is working out even more, and that is perseverance, character, and a hope, which we have seen is the confident assurance and expectation that God will keep His word and promise.
In a Superman movie, he takes a lump of coal and transforms it into a diamond. What may help us through these trials is to see ourselves as those lumps of coal that God is applying pressure to so that we’ll come out like diamonds, not in the rough, but beautifully shaped and reflecting the many facets of God in our life.
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