Romans 5:3-5 More than that we rejoice in our sufferings knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Did you ever have a pity party for yourself? I have. It’s not pretty. It’s not even a party I like attending, but sometimes I do. I was looking at this Scripture one day and thought, “Rejoice in suffering? How?” I don’t know how to rejoice in suffering. If Paul can say this and he really suffered then I should be able to, too.
One day I was having a pity party while out walking my dog. I was crying because I hurt so much. Through my tears I talked to the Lord about how I much I was hurting and how tired I was that this was still an issue. “How long Lord, how long? Why have You not helped me? Do you not hear me? Do you not see me, Lord? I have been enduring this for a long time.”
Then something happened and I asked the Lord to forgive me because I know He hears and sees me. I started to thank Him for all He has blessed me with. How He has changed me, my husband, my family and my life. As I started thanking Him and praising Him for all He is and all He has done, my “poor me pity party” was over. I began to ask for healing and change for the other person. Up until then I always asked for help for me in the situation not the other person.
Now I know that suffering does produce endurance and endurance does produce character and now I have hope. I have hope that can only come from God. Things are not completely different but they are changing. I have hope because of what God has done and continues to do in my life.
Thank you Jesus.