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It is a difficult concept—“All things work together for the good for those who love God and called according to his purpose.” Paul, the Pharisee turned missionary to the gentile world, knew better than any other person that life’s difficulties were not a sign of God’s favor or disfavor.  He understood that like any soldier or athlete, the harder the training and the greater the tenacity—the better chance the soldier or athlete could overcome any difficulty. 

 Most who follow God want and expect Him to make life great and easy.  Sadly, while easy is fun, the easy times do little to prepare us for the battle that is the spiritual war his chosen must face.  Paul spent years facing trials of every kind.  In those trials, not only was Paul made stronger—but he affected the lives of the world outside of Israel.  The impact Paul left changed the world.  Half of the new testament, the concepts of grace and mercy all became the most prominent concepts of faith—because Paul preached them across Europe and Asia.

In our lives, we have to face trials and tribulation.  As we face them, we should do so with the warrior’s mentality. We press forward knowing the trials  prepare us to handle all circumstances.  We enjoy the great times—embracing each moment as the gift it is.  We then face the difficulties of life with equal intensity knowing God allows them to make us great.  Never lose hope.  Never grow bitter! Press forward and use the times to make you complete in him.

 God Bless You

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.