Tribulations

Scripture:

Romans 5:3-5 “..but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. ”

We go through diverse challenges in life, often painful that makes us question the existence or the goodness of the lord in our walk with God. We ask questions such as, why me? In moments of despair, God seems so far away, yet he’s always with us as he promised us before he departed the earth 2000 years ago- he’ll be with us always until the end of the ages.

There are diverse reasons we go through challenges- some could be by our errors and inadequacies, however there are situations that seems to be beyond our control that we just have to deal with in life. We all go through tough times, our attitude towards it is what makes the difference. While it is a truism, we are victorious as a result of Christ’s victory at calvary, we were not promised a life devoid of confrontations and challenges.

God doesn’t teach us like our lecturers and tutors do- he takes us through the school of life filled with diverse challenges to train and mould us for our callings and assignments. Jesus warned Peter he was going to deny him but he should strengthen his brethren when he recovers from the pain. We are able to strengthen others in their lowest seasons in life through our experiences of pain, mistakes and anguish.

No experience in life is a waste-Most of the writings of Paul we celebrate today were written whilst he was in prison. We love to recite Psalm 23, however, we rarely mediate on it- the Psalmist proclaimed,’ though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…’ He wouldn’t have been able to write what is probably the most famous Psalm without a difficult experience passing through the valley of the shadow of death.

The challenges you’re going through will usher you into your next phase in life.

Selah!

Good  morning

Kunle  Olabode