I once had a lot of trouble with my computer.
I had owned it for six months when one day I received an error message when I tried to open a Word document—the program I use to write my devotions. I couldn’t get rid of the message, nor could I type anything into the document.
My dad enlisted a man from another country to help him fix it. As they worked, my dad and the man talked to each other about the Lord. Hearing my dad talk to someone about the Lord made having computer problems worth it.
Paul must have prayed for patience because he said we should glory in tribulation. I do not think he meant he enjoyed being beaten with rods or that he wanted to experience it a second time. He just knew God was going to get glory from his experience if Paul had the right attitude despite his circumstances.
We need to mimic Paul. Although we don’t need to thank God for everything, we need to remember that He controls every situation in our lives if we belong to Him and allow Him to have full control. My dad did this with the man who fixed my computer and with others on the phone as he tried to enlist help.
Although we don’t have to ask God to give us patience, we should ask God to remind us to have the right attitude in all our trials, which means to have His joy in all circumstances.
Ask God to give you opportunities to witness about His love and to be patient as you do.
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