Tenacity Taught Through Trials

This morning as I was reading the story of Moses and his pleas for the freedom of his people, what stood out to me was how hard our hearts can become.  Pharaoh’s heart was hardened after each extreme plague that plighted the Egyptians.  It was only after the final plague that took the very life of Pharaoh’s firstborn son, that he at last listened to Moses and allowed the Israelites to go. (Exodus 7-11)

Man’s heart often becomes so hard, that it is only extreme and horrific circumstances that will at last encourage our hearts to seek our Savior.  No, I don’t think that every tragedy or trial exists for the sole purpose of getting our attention, but I do believe that God can and will use tragedy for our ultimate good.

It is interesting to me that those that I know with the closest connection to Christ, have often known the deepest of despair.  Trials and tragedies are the places where the rubber meets the road.  We either call on Christ and depend on Him, or we look to our own lack and succumb to sorrow.  I know in my own life, it has been through the most difficult seasons that I have seen the steady strength of the Savior, and my dependence on Daddy God has deepened.

Again I am reminded of both the significance and the reality of Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”

My take away this morning is both a recognition and remembrance of all that He has done through times of trial, and a resolve to recall the hope we may hold in knowing our ultimate outcome has already been determined when our hearts are held by Him.  He has already won!  We just have to wait a little while to see the full beauty that has been built from our ashes.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You use our times of trial to teach us just how trustworthy You are and how You will “work all things together for good for those who love You.”  Thank You for Your faithfulness and for the blessings that come through times of trial.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. Often times, when I am in physical pain, I look to see if perhaps it is a humbling punishment for something I might have done wrong. If I can find no recent fault that might compare to the pain, I offer the pain up as a sacrifice for those who may be waiting in purgatory, who may need penance to lift them up to the freedom of the sinless Heaven. Almost always immediately, the pain subsides and I feel as though I have done something good. Have you any thoughts on this matter?

    • My thoughts are based on what I have learned from studying the bible. As far as I can comprehend, there is heaven and there is hell.

      I do however, think that God often uses our own struggles to call us to prayer for someone else. I do not believe that He punishes our sin with pain, but He does promise that He will work all things together for good for those who love Him.

      As we shift our focus from inward to outward, somehow the pain lessens (be it physical, emotional, etc.)

      Because Jesus died on the cross, our sin is covered and declared clean as quickly as we confess it to Him and ask for His forgiveness. We cannot do or say anything that is so “good” that it will make Him love us more. He already loves us so much, that He willingly gave His life in our place as the final sacrifice for our sin. If any good comes from our words or deeds, it is only because He has equipped and empowered us to do so.

      I will be praying for His healing for your pain. He is good and He is an incredible Healer of all our hurts, as we allow Him to touch the tender places.

      Thank you for your openness and honesty. Blessings as you continue to seek Him with your whole heart!

  2. I grow more maturely in Christ through trials and difficulties. Thank you for your wonderful article.

    • It is indeed a shift in thinking to recognize the benefit of walking through the trials of this life, and understand that they help condition the health of our hearts, just as physical training conditions our bodies. Thank you for your encouragement!

  3. “Wonderfully Done”!! Yes indeed it’s through the fires and storms that we grow and learn to lean!
    Love you 😀 😀

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