Today's encouragement comes from Romans 5:3-5, where Paul wrote these words:
"And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
"Glory in tribulations"? Is the apostle Paul saying this just to put a "spiritual" spin on the believers' hardships? No. The maturing churchman comes to re-cognize the peculiar value of trials and difficulties—especially when the end result is realized—which is hope rooted in Jesus, anointed with God’s love.
Let us be good stewards of the heart-shaking troubles that come into our souls. Let us recognize that the faithful Christian cannot be hurt by them; and let us ask God to use them for our good.
[Puritan quote of the day: "God chooses broken vessels to pour comfort into that they may diffuse it unto others.” —Christopher Love, in, "The Dejected Soul's Cure"]