We Want His Goodness, But Not The Growth

There are some amazing and powerful songs about how God rescues us, answers us, is our Comforter, and our Strength.

Everyone finds encouragement through these and the scriptures that inspire the songs.

But it is hard to also understand that God’s goodness is not only given to us in good times. Often we receive His goodness and assurance during times of hardships. For many, it’s a struggle because we don’t walk into a trial with these assurances. Sometimes it is not until we are halfway through the battle or even towards the end (though we don’t know) before God reaches out and we feel Him near.

Sometimes we go through trials and we do not understand until later what Christ was preparing.

This is not because He doesn’t love us, but because He does.

(NIV) James 1:12, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

(NIV) Romans 5:03-04, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Trust that you are not alone when times are hard. Know that you are loved by the Alpha and the Omega. The One who provides for the birds knows what you are going through as well. He knows every hair on your head, and every tear shed.

There is purpose in pain. There is reason in trial.

You are always loved.

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19 thoughts on “We Want His Goodness, But Not The Growth

  1. We have to believe God is with us during our struggles too.
    It’s the process that renew us and builds our character.
    Just like your scripture of the month says, out with the old in with the new.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I’m reading Laura Story’s book When God Doesn’t Fix It. It’s so good! She asks the question, where in the Bible does it promise what you’re expecting from God? And then she challenges that perhaps God lets you go through the struggles because what you’ll gain from it is way better than what you were praying for. When my dad died I was pretty angry at God for not answering my prayers but he doesn’t promise perfect health or instant gratification for every prayer request. With my depression I think God is using it for me to share with others and have more compassion for others.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this ❤ it is true God helps connect us in ways with people we would never have been able to before.

      A friend of mine and I deeply discussed what does it really mean when scripture says God will give us the desires of our heart. We concluded mainly it had to do with the Answerer, as my friend put, not the answer itself. I've been wanting to write on this topic and I feel I finally got more references I'll be able to do so at some point.

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  3. Thank you T.R. for the reminder! I absolutely look for the growth in trials. It truly helps me to persevere just like His word says! 🙂 We sold our house two years ago and when we did, we immediately began looking into purchasing land and building a home. The closing got delayed and held us up but God has His hands in it the whole time because my husband was laid off his job 2 weeks later. 1. Thankfully we sold our home and was able to live with his parents for a few months to allow him to finish school and not lose the house or not finish school. 2. We could have gotten ourselves into a mess investing in a bigger purchase. It truly was a hard time though with him not working and the struggle of living with others but we were closer to God and each other through it all. It was a pretty amazing experience from what could have been detrimental if we didn’t trust in a sovereign God. ❤

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    1. Amen!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I relate very much to this! In 2017 when my husband finished his term in the military he got out in June we stayed with my parents and his (they live very close to each other xD ) he was going to start school in August. He had orientation in July, and we had no apartment, no place to live. We drove so many times between the two places and there was a few hours in between home and the school. It was hard. It was scary after we looked at 15 different places and not having any be available or the right place for us to be. Finally, we found a place and that is where we are still as he finishes up a couple more years. It is amazing to see what God does and how He is still God even when we have no control and are afraid. ❤ Praise the Lord for being you and your family!!!!

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  4. Amen! In connection with this, let me also share my favorite bible verse on patience and enduring trials in life:

    “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 1:3‭-‬4 KJV

    Thank you for this insightful post! I can only hope that more people find inspiration to remain faithful to our Lord, even in trying times, through this article. God bless!

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