When we face hard times we face the temptation that accompanies them. Hard times have a tendency to make us want to focus on the mistakes we have made or the sins we have committed. Likewise, hard times can tempt us to focus on the mistakes that were made or the sins that were committed against us. Either way, our focus has been moved from God to our circumstances or us and we are faced with the temptation of being bitter, even bitter toward God.
Recently, I heard a story of a young man talking with an older man who seemed to have overcome this temptation. The young man had asked the older for an explanation of his avoiding bitterness and maintaining his good cheer and attitude in spite of the seemingly endless amount of hard times and suffering he had faced. The older man simply explained that he could not be bitter about the hard times, because they had brought him to know God better. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you and me a spirit of wisdom, so that through our hard times we may know Him better (Eph 1:17)!
Trust the Lord
Until I learned to trust the Lord,
Until I felt my weakness,
He who drinks deepest sorrow
His heart, who seeks our deepest good,