do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you,
as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,
so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
- 1 Peter 4:12-13 -
We can learn a lot walking through tough times.
As we face pain and struggles, our first priority is to show God’s love through it all. And we anticipate the time when God’s glory is revealed.
Over the years, God has pulled us through with His mercy and grace. Therefore, we must not take our eyes off Him. We must continue to depend on His grace to get us through. And we must continue to reflect His love to others.
When life’s burdens oppress us, and when trials are too much to face, we must continue to remember God’s strength in our weakness; He will give us His power and grace.
The increasing darkness of trials only makes the lamp of grace shine brighter.