“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
What do you really believe about God? Not what you say you believe or even ought to believe, but what do you actually hold to be true about Him. Here’s how you can know. The next time you run into a difficult, painful, or even heartbreaking situation, watch how you react. Nothing reveals the stuff of which your Christian beliefs are made than tough times. Maybe that’s why today’s Scripture urges us to “glory in our sufferings” and James counsels us to “welcome trials as friends” (James 1:2, PHILLIPS). In fact, these hardships will teach you—as nothing else can—the real quality of your faith.
God, of course, already knows what’s in your heart. He just wants you to know. Do you believe He is kind and good? In control of the details? Do you believe He is sovereign and has a purpose for your suffering? How you respond to your trial will make it plain to you.
Lord, I know how often my mouth gets ahead of the reality in my heart. I can say or write faith-filled messages by the dozen, but it all rings hollow if I don’t cling to You when I suffer. I’m really tired of just talking about it, Jesus. I want a faith that runs deep and carries me through anything.