Daily Devotional – 3/16/16 “Suffering builds strength!”

Why is it, as Christians, we want the blessings God give but we don’t want the suffering? That’s like only wanting the good part of a relationship which means you probably run every time it gets bad. And you have to wonder why you have commitment issues? You do know that all days aren’t going to be good, don’t you? There will be times it won’t go right no matter what you try but you have to recognize that this is a part of life. I mean, if you quit each time something didn’t go right, you’d never accomplish anything. This is why you have to suffer, sometimes, because it builds your strength. If you didn’t go through anything, how would you know what you can handle? If you’ve never been through a breakup, how would you know what a broken heart feels like in order to get over it? If you’ve never been without, before, how would you know that you can survive? If you’ve never had to struggle, how can you possible know your strength?

Think about it. You are strong because of the moments that made you weak. Those nights you only had $8 but had to feed your family. The nights you had to sleep next to the hospital bed of a dying parent or a sick child. The day you had to bury your spouse. The day you signed the divorce papers, received that foreclosure notice or got the call about repossessing your car.. Those long days and nights spent going through chemo and radiation. Those weeks of rehab, the months without a job, the years without a car or house and a lifetime of feeling unwanted; these weak moments make you strong. Don’t believe me? Then go through something. You don’t know how strong you are until you are standing there and strong is the only option you have to choose from. Don’t discount the struggle you’ve been through, going through or are about to go through. God doesn’t give us anything He hasn’t already worked out in advance. All He needs you to do is have faith in Him and then trust in yourself. Simply tell God, “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word (Psalm 119:28)” and He’ll do it for His word says in 1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Struggle

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