Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. (Rom. 5:3)

THEY HURT SOMETHING AWFUL. As a kid, I remember those nasty growing pains at the backs of my knees. They came at night and seemed relentless. I remember Mom treating them with rubbing alcohol. I don’t know if there is a chemical benefit of that particular remedy, but somehow it did provide relief.

Maybe it was the cool of the liquid as it soaked into my aching legs. Perhaps, it was the massage that came along with its application. It could have been the gentle words of comfort spoken while I was doctored. Somehow the combination helped me through those painful points in childhood.

Paul knew about trials and pain, so when he wrote that we should rejoice in suffering just as we rejoice in the glory of God, his words were not empty. Paul’s words to the Christians in Rome still ring true today.

Christ died for us, sinful and sad humans. Through faith we are saved, but even though there is peace that comes with salvation, we still experience struggles. While Christ is with us, sin surrounds us. He made us complete, but we are still growing.

Christian character is achieved when we persevere through difficult times. While it’s difficult to endure hard times, we should rejoice for the opportunity to do so, remembering He is there to ease our pain with a soothing touch and comforting message.

Grow in faith as you gladly face today’s challenges, trusting Him to walk beside you.

Hally Franz is a former high school guidance counselor turned stay-at-home mom. She is also a cheer booster, 4-H leader, church secretary, reader, and traveler.