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

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  • Fainah

    Amen

    • Esther Mugeke

      My sister we praise God for who He is. He will never leave us nor forsake us. These are the promises to each and everyone of us. He is a true Father. Lets always praise Him and give thanks for what we go through because all these helps us to be more faithful and to stand firm.

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    May God give us faith and strength to rejoice even in trials knowing that trials bring blessings. Amen,

  • Derek Morris

    Thank you for reminding us that dedicated followers of Jesus still face trials and tribulation, but God is able to work all things together for good for those who love Him.

  • Malcolm

    Prayer is the key that unlocks heaven store house. Jesus take us through the storms, trials and tribulations makes us strong. Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.

  • Erpidia Mercado

    I praise God for his promises. As we draw nearer to the end and Jesus’ soon return our trials will become harder but God has promised to be with us. We need prayer and the study do his Holy Word along with trust in him. Have a blessed week.

    • Victoria

      Amen and you likewise

  • Jeanette

    Whatever it takes for your honor and glory, Lord. For we know that all things work together for the good of those who are called according to Your purpose. Through Your peace and strength we endure.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • Victoria

    Amen.

  • Vlasta Hitzgerová

    Thank you very much for your encouraging words. Sometimes it is very difficult to rejoice but I am learning to thank the Lord for all the problems and diseases. There are so many promises in the Bible that help me to go on knowing “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” Praise the Lord!

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen.May we learn to trust in God no matter what comes our way!

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Amen, I am so blessed and uplifted this morning with this powerful encouragement in the LORD for us to be Gods children always despite the ups and downs. Yes God is real and powerful in all situations and circumstances, He goes ahead of us, He is beside us, He walks behind us without us realising it. Thank You Father God for always breaking our hearts in all our situations to bring our attention back to You. We are sinful and blind and we thought we know it all and do things that is so wicked and not honourable to Your eyes. Oh Father Thank You for Your Greatest Love and Grace in all, Thank You for Your Mercifulness and Compassion. You are AWESOME in ALL. YOU ARE THE BEST AND ONLY ONE IN OUR LIVES. WE LOVE YOU LORD in Jesus name we pray. Amen

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Donna Fouchong

    Jesus is Lord

  • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

    Amen to the devotional.God is our refuge and strength even in troubles we will rejoice.

  • God is awesome and when we are tried we come forth as gold.

  • Ros Farrell

    Thank you for your testimony of faith and hope Raluca. It encourages me immensely, because I had a fall last week which injured my hamstring and have no broken bones, so I am struggling to walk and cannot drive at present, but it is giving me more time with God’s word, so it is a blessing in disguise. Praise His holy name

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen. May we learn to always rejoyce in trials! 🙂

  • Priscilla K.M

    Thank you for this encouragement. How comforting to know that the trials we encounter perfect our characters. Blessings in disguise in indeed!

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! May we be able to always see these blessings in disguise.

  • Rachel Neegba Thomas

    This is so beautiful. When we are united in the Lord, there is no way that the devil can be a victor in our lives. God help us to always know that You are with us even during times of trails.

  • Donna O’Reilly

    what a lovely article. Thank you for this. I have been retrenched and due to the bad economy in South Africa I am struggling to make ends meet. I am so thankful to the Lord for what I have. I am going to prayerfully meditate on Rom 5.3+8.31 today. I am paying my tithing first, and I am trusting God to provide for my debts, food, petrol etc. my prayers are for those who are less fortunate than I and my son. Atleast we are free from religious presecution and I am active in church work.
    God bless each and every one you here. Have a glorious GOD-filled week until Sabbath – a day unlike any other. Are we not blessed that we keep the 4th commandment?

    • Telisha

      Amen. GOD works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. May we keep trusting in Him even when we don’t understand, for we can be assured He is working it ll together for our good.
      My dear Donna, GOD always provides, His supply is always in just the right quantities so that our storehouses never run dry, even if they sometimes run low.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen. Trusting God and keeping our eyes on Him is the best thing we can do. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and He can surely provide for your needs.

  • Michele Gilzine

    So many times we try to solve our problems without God which is impossible. Lord help us to leave self at Your feet and to trust You in every situation. This article is a timely reminder

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • Telisha

    GOD’s ways are truly beyond finding out. Thanks for sharing, I can relate in so many ways. I spent the majority of my final year of post graduate study in weekly/daily prayer and fasting and it was my most trying year at school- fees, computer breakdown, lost of my purse with my monthly allowance and house keys, difficulty staying focused in class, difficulty understanding the curricula and the mental breakdown of colleague, which fell within my student council portfolio. Through it all I didn’t lose hope and now I can sing “What I thought was impossible I’ve seen my GOD do. He’s been faithful, faithful to me, looking back His loving kindness I see….”
    I encourage you to, like Job, keep trusting in GOD. Rejoice in tribulations for the trying of your faith worketh patience and patience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed (Romans 5:3,4).

    • Raluca Ril

      Praise God that He has been helping you! Let’s keep learning to keep our eyes on Him, not on the difficulties.

  • Justina

    Thank you for these encouraging words. It is always good to know that God id always with us despite the challenge

  • Robert Mburu

    Thank you for reminding me this…am blessed

  • G.Clark

    So good to know that I am not alone trials will come but Standing in the shadows is Jesus@