YOUR TRIAL HAS PURPOSE [Encouragement for Hard Times]

Hard times . ..

Hard times are tough. They don’t feel good. They wear us down.

We’ve all been there.

If you’re going through a stormy season right now, always remember—hard times have a purpose.

Sometimes God shakes the things in our life that can be shaken in order to reveal the things that can’t be shaken. His ultimate goal is to make us mature, complete, and lacking nothing.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

Another Bible translation puts it this way—

“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.” James 1:2-4 (TPT)

Dear God, when hard times come, please help me to “count it all joy”— knowing that you are with me, you have a purpose for it, and that the storm will end. Amen.

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Leila Grandemange is an award-winning dog writer and the author of several charming books. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and the recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She writes to share comfort and joy and the loving care of our furry friends!

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7 thoughts on “YOUR TRIAL HAS PURPOSE [Encouragement for Hard Times]

    1. Hi, thank you for reading. Good comment. I’ve felt that same pushback at times. But I find it incredibly comforting to know that God has a reason for hard times. And I find throughout scripture that is confirmed. I don’t fully understand the mystery and theological stances between certain topics, this being one. But I do know that God’s ultimate goal is to present us blameless as the bride of Christ. Blessings on your day 💐😃

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      1. True. I’m not sure how else I’d get through hard times without believing God’s sovereignty is at work, even in life’s trials. My life is in the hands of an All-Powerful God, who deeply loves his children 🧡

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