Romans 5:3, 4 We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Paul is telling his friends in Rome that because of all Jesus did they can “glory” in their suffering because even in suffering God is doing something in their lives, namely creating perseverance, character and hope. So much of the suffering we experience or see others experience seems so pointless. Some folks come to the other side of pain and grief with greater depth and purpose; others do not. The big question regarding all the things that happen to us and through us and around us is “are they random events” (a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing- so says MacBeth) or “is there a guiding hand, an intention beyond us, an inclination that makes us a work in progress?” Is there something to be learned in it all that actually makes a difference, that when persevered through will make us stronger people, change us from the inside out and connect us to that which is meaningful, to God? Paul says yes. This week, what will you say?