Rejoice in Our Afflictions

Rejoice in Our Afflictions

And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.

Romans 5:3-4 HCSB

When’s the last time you’ve been met with a difficult situation? Chances are you’re either in the middle of one or perhaps you’ll be facing one around the next bend in the road. Let’s face it, trials and struggles are part of our lives on this earth. Ever since sin entered the world, troubles did as well.

But what do we do when we’re faced with obstacles? So often it’s tempting to whine or complain. Has your first inclination ever been to rejoice? To thank God for where He has you? I’ve been through a couple of really difficult things lately. At times I’m tempted to ask the Lord, “What were You thinking?” Sadly, my first thought usually isn’t to rejoice in where God has me. It does make me wonder what would happen if I chose to do so when I’m faced with the next ‘growing experience’.

What do you think? Do you rejoice when bad times hit? What do you think would happen if you made a conscious effort to do so?

Jodie Wolfe About Jodie Wolfe

Jodie Wolfe loves to stroll through history with the characters she creates. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading and walking.


  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    I’ve learned over the years that God does use all of my trials to make me stronger and more faithful. I wish I could say that all of my experience has caused me to be thankful for my trials but that’s not the case! I will say though, that the trial I’m currently experiencing has lifted me to a whole new level with the Lord, so much that I am truly thankful. The blessing of this new “height” with the Lord is just something I wouldn’t trade for anything.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing, Laurie. I appreciate your candor and encouragement.

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