Sue, an older woman I knew, was having problems with her hands. She had surgery and then had numbness in her hands. Sue wrote me a letter and shared her frustrations. Part of one sentence of her letter read, “…all of the problems I am growing through.”
Sue wrote “growing,” but she meant to write “going.” That mistake made me think about our Bible Reading for today. These verses talk about growing in Christ.
When we face troubles in life, we have two choices. We can complain, or we can use those troubles to make us stronger Christians. Paul said that we should be happy when we face troubles. Why? “Because we know that these troubles make us more patient. And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope” (verses 3b-4a).
Ask God to help you grow in your Christian life as you face troubles. He will always be with you!