"If you're experiencing a trial right now, recognize its ultimate outcome: a deeper dependence upon God and gratefulness for your victory in Christ." … David Jeremiah, Turning Point Devotional, April 27, 2010
I really like this quote. We are commanded to “give thanks in everything.” Frankly, that is tough to do through financial difficulties and family troubles. I have always had blessings outside of my trials that I can be thankful for, but it can be so hard to find blessings IN the trials. Sometimes I struggle to understand how God can work good out of the evil that is happening around us and to us. But if I grab hold of this thought—that every trial results in a greater dependence on God and gratitude that He will bring me through to the other side, really, what greater blessing could there be?
I know through my experiences that trials do drive me to a greater faith and a greater dependence on God. When everything else fails, when everyone else leaves me, God is there.
“And we know that in all things God works for good with those who love him; those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28