Glorying in Pressure Situations

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“Tribulation.” It’s a word no one wants to hear—a word that causes us to think of persecution and martyrs, life-threatening situations, or intense spiritual warfare. As Believers, we may read Paul’s words and understand that we are to “glory in tribulations,” but it can be hard to embrace and practice this idea.

As we look deeper into the Greek text, we realize that Paul was referring not just to what we think of as “trials” or matters of urgency, but even to practical situations. In fact, the word here translated “tribulation,” really means pressures or burdens, anything that can cause distress.

All of us can relate to this concept. In how many ways do each of us face burdens or pressures regarding our job, finances, family, or marriage? We may be burdened by worry, fear, or many kinds of challenges and obstacles. Yet Paul was saying we need to glory in all of these situations.

So how do we “glory”? By thanking God and trusting Him for victory, continuing to praise Him in all circumstances, staying faithful, realizing that He may allow these things in our lives because they’re able to produce powerful, important results.

In fact, tribulations can lead to improved character, substance, and depth. They can produce hope, which puts things in perspective with the certainty that God is sovereign and uses everything for our good. We will recognize that “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.”

What burdens do you face? What pressures or problems? Practice Paul’s advice: Start glorying in these situations. God will turn your tribulations from burdens to blessings!