The tough times are essential for the cross of Christ. It is in those times when His children become soft and pliable in His hands. You say, I can’t take this anymore!”
It’s painful, but essential. He is shaving off the callouses and sharp edges of our hearts.
Soon, we become desensitized to hardship and we are strengthened for future challenges.
Just as a body builder adds more weight to build strength and endurance, God is utilizing the trials to build us up.
Step by deliberate step, He directs us onward to rise above the ashes of adversity, until He develops our faith, love, and character.
So let us be encouraged by our trials, knowing the trying of our faith brings patience.