Rejoicing even in Trials – By Raluca Ril

We rejoice when God blesses, even though we know we are not worthy. But do we also rejoice when problems are coming our way? Our experience has been that the greater the miracles and blessings, the more angry Satan becomes, and the more he tries to hinder God’s work. But his attacks are just blessings in disguise. Let me explain.

This past January, my husband and I once again began the year with 21 days of prayer and fasting (Daniel’s fast) as we dedicated our new year to Him. We do this each year because we recognize that the work that lies before us is too big for us to accomplish in our own strength. We must have the Holy Spirit’s power.

As we started the 21 days of prayer and fasting this year, our spirits were high. In fact, as we went along, we were being refreshed and rejuvenated. It was wonderful. However, a week into our fast, as I was walking to school one day, I thought to myself: “God has blessed us so much in the past 3 years. It still feels like a beautiful dream that we are married, that we have our medical missionary training and that we are now starting a lifestyle center. We’ve seen so many miracles and answers to prayer. It’s interesting though, that we haven’t seen very serious attacks of the enemy recently. I wonder if we are still on the right path, or if we will be ready when he throws his darts of discouragement at us again?”

Well, in less than three hours I began to find the answers to these questions, for that very day, disaster struck. And, over the next 10 days, problems increased one after another; From flood, to car accident, to broken computer, to destruction of physical property, to loss of some precious possessions—like my wedding dress, the list goes on.

As the days went by, we literally began to wonder, “What is going to happen next?” We couldn’t remember a time that we’d experienced so many trials and spiritual attacks all at once.

As you can imagine, it hasn’t been easy and comfortable for us, however, we have been learning to “glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” (Rom. 5:3). We are also claiming the promise that, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31).

Knowing that God is for us is what sustains us! This is what helps us to go forward. If we lose temporal possessions here on earth in order that God can be more fully glorified in our lives, than so be it. Really, with eternity in view, Satan’s attacks are just blessings in disguise.

Oswald Chambers writes, “If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.”

Today we rejoice in the Lord who is our strength and peace both in trial and in blessings!

Raluca Ril, and her husband Roman are working as missionaries in Germany. They are the authors of the Ten Days of Prayer materials (2015-2016) for the world church, and are passionate both about prayer and about health ministry.

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Practical Application: 

We are told in the book Gospel Workers that “God calls for cheerful co-workers, who refuse to become discouraged and disheartened by opposing agencies. The Lord is leading us, and we may go forward courageously, assured that He will be with us…” (p. 266).

If you are encountering difficulties in your personal life or in your ministry, if there seems to be roadblocks in your path and you don’t know how to go on, we encourage you to hold on to the Lord.

The Devil is angry because he does not have much time left. However, we know the end from the beginning. We know that the Lamb wins the battle. We have hope!

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2-4).

So let’s trust in God and His wisdom and go forward, knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He promised that, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28) and He will keep His Word!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being a trustworthy God. Thank You that You won’t allow anything in our lives that is not for our best good. Thank you that even though we encounter difficulties and trials, we can know that You are right here with us to see us through. Help us to trust in You and Your leading. And help us not to get discouraged when Satan is angry. Help us to have an unshakable faith in You and Your promises, for You are our hope and future. We rest in You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Promises to Claim: Rom. 8:28, Luke 18:27, Rom. 8:31, Jeremiah 29:11-13