Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Challenging times can cause us to run to Jesus. We can wrestle with God in our prayers, claiming His promises for our lives. When we spend time in His presence it changes us. It changes the way we think, the way we see things, speak and behave. Our minds are transformed and our character is developed. We hear truth from God and we learn to spot thoughts that are lies and choose not to believe them.
We can take life one day at a time, relying on God to give us what we need for today; and we can have hope about what He will do in the future, instead of fearing what is to come and allowing our minds to spiral out of control, imagining the worst case scenarios.
We can ‘glory (or rejoice) in our suffering’, not because we enjoy it, but because we can see God at work changing us (‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’. Philippians 1:6)
What did God say to you at REAL? Spend time with God today, not with a to-do list for Him, but listening to hear from Him. Maybe He will speak truth into a lie that you’ve been believing or give you encouragement to keep going.