Verses like 1st Thessalonians 3:3 really encourage me.
1st Thessalonians 3:3
so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
You feel the sarcasm yet?
I read this verse this morning. It made me think.
Youth group last night made me think too.
So did Tuesday morning’s passage in 1st Thessalonians
The verse that really stuck out to me on Tuesday was this:
1st Thessalonians 1:3
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Life is hard. In the hardships, we need to strive for excellence. Yes, God’s grace abounds, but that does not mean we can gallivant around doing whatever we feel like doing and ask for forgiveness later.
Our purpose is to glorify God. Therefore, by being intentionally stupid and fulfilling the desires of our flesh, we aren’t doing a very good job of living out our purpose. Also, caving in because life hurts too much, says little about the power and might of the Creator of the Universe.
Trials refine us. They grow us. They bring us closer to the finish line.
Should runners stop running because they have to push themselves?
Should people not learn new things just because they have a hard time learning?
Hard times in life must happen in order for us to grow in who we are in Christ. They force us to depend upon our savior when we realize our strength is not enough. They help us to put life into perspective.
In short, trials should be an encouragement.
They remind us that we are still human, that we still have room to grow, and that our God is still bigger than our circumstances.
Trials are among God’s promises. Why should we not be joyful, and look for ways to learn in them?