Someone has said that there are three basic responses to difficulty: 1) avoid it, 2) ignore it, or 3) grow through it. Jesus warned his followers that there would be tough times – that suffering is inevitable in this life. Yet, it is clear that God allows difficulties for a reason and that nothing happens without purpose in God’s grand scheme.
Trials, suffering, difficulties, and challenges all bring opportunities for growth – if we choose to face them head on. Whatever you are going through, no matter how hard it seems, will make you stronger or better in some way if you let God teach you and change you through it.
Relationships that are in crisis often end up stronger when both parties persevere. Spiritual growth often occurs when temptation is strong or when we repent from our rebellion against God. When we feel weak, God is strong on our behalf; and as we acknowledge our dependence on God, he makes us stronger. As we find joy in the midst of suffering or turmoil, this joy gives us inner strength. And when we realize that all things are working together for our good (Romans 8:28), life has purpose and we have hope.
God’s Word promises that we are more than conquerors through Christ. Although Satan may win a few battles, he has already lost the war; and God will turn what at times feels like certain defeat into a glorious victory. As children of the King we are resilient and getting stronger through every trial!