And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed – Daniel 11:35.
I was raised by one of the calmest people on earth, my father. I never really understood him and as a result his calmness frustrated me. I honestly do not remember a time when he would be anxious or in distress no matter what we would go through. I remember in my worst moments, when I’d be losing it and going crazy over my predicaments and even questioning GOD, and my father would just calmly say, “Should we accept only what is good from the Lord and not adversities.” I promise you, nothing frustrated me more than that.
As I grew up, I started probing him as to how he managed to keep calm even in trying times, and the response he gave me was rather hard to swallow. He said, “Isn’t it hypocritical for us to want to partake in the glory of GOD but not so much in His sufferings?” Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you (1 Peter 4:12).
This lived with me to date; it really shouldn’t be an ordeal if we go through trying times. No, it’s not strange at all, but a journey to glory will via through sufferings. So what then keeps us afloat in this? It is knowing that all things work together for the good of all those that love Him. The sufferings we are going through now GOD will use to glorify Himself in us. Job says, “When He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” It might sound clichéd but honestly our sufferings are only there to take us from glory to glory, nothing less. Therefore we must rejoice always.
It might sound clichéd but honestly our sufferings are only there to take us from glory to glory