Have you ever experienced hard times? There will be times in our life where we go through great trials. We can be tempted to feel bad for ourselves, but in reality, we should be encouraged. It is true that tribulation can cause us to stumble, but it is our choice whether we stumble or not. Tribulation can be used to bring great victory in our lives.
Romans 5:3 tells us, "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope." God can use tribulation in our lives to bring us maturity. He can use tribulation to work patience. As we live through hard times, we can develop longsuffering. He can use patience to work experience. As we willingly and patiently endure hard times we become mature. When we get a mature look at life we can focus on the hope that God has provided for us. The verse continues to say that hope doesn’t make us ashamed because of the love that God has given us. Remember, no matter what is going on in your life, God is using it to shape and mold you.
I know that the trials and troubles of life may seem great at the moment, but take heart! Whatever troubles and trials you are experiencing, God can and will use them to His glory and your good. God is over all and nothing is too great for Him to handle. Whatever your tribulation is, it is not too big for Him. He can make any situation work out for the good of His children.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." – Romans 8:28