The Word for today is found in 1 Peter 4:12-13
12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (KJV)
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (NIV)
Having studied in the Faith movement for the last thirty five years one thing I have learned is that there will be trials for those who walk with the Lord. Practically, if you are stepping out in faith on the Word of God, Satan will try to steal the Word from you.
God did not say we would not have trouble. What he did say was that he would see us to the other side. He will not leave you in the boat to drown in the storm.
He wants us to learn how to persevere, press forward, and use our faith. What good is faith if you do not have something to us it against?
Character, the God-kind of character, is developed when we have to use patience in hard times. Patience is a fruit of the spirit that must be used to grow. We do not always want to hear this, but Peter said “that we are to be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:13)
Why? Because we always will win if we do not throw in the towel. Stay in the Word and stay the course.