Feb 2023 Preschool devotion
Missions Discipleship

Patience in Tough Times

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. “

—1 Peter 4:12–13 (ESV)

One only has to scroll through social media, read a news app, or watch the evening news to see the reality of life. People experience difficult times. Everyone travels through tough situations at some point in their lives. That’s life.

First Peter tells us that tough times or fiery trials will come upon us. We should expect to encounter trouble. After all, the Bible tells us to not be surprised! The key is how we react when we are approached by these situations.

For the longest time, I did not have any unusual life challenges other than insufficient funds. My family was doing great, my children were thriving, church was growing. That actually made me anxious! As I looked at the people around me, I could see them facing fiery trials. I encouraged, prayed, and tried to walk alongside them. But I was nervous, waiting for my own dark times.

In God’s timing, I encountered my own tough times. Through the loss of my parents and my husband’s parents, I was able to see how important it is to rely on God. After the divorce of a close family member, I was reminded to trust in Him who is trustworthy, through thick and thin. After a career path change, I rejoiced in seeing how the Lord led and provided. These challenging life events actually drew me closer to God.

First Peter 4:12, comforted me and allowed me to practice patience as I waited on the Lord. Do not be surprised by fiery trials, as though something strange was occurring. I have been so comforted to know that before my tribulations, God knew that I would have tough times. He knew! With that knowledge, I was better able to relax into the Lord and patiently maintain my hope in Him. Each day, I can remember that He knows, He cares, and He is worthy of my hope and patience.

Friends, take comfort in the fact that God knows we will face trials. We must rely on Him as He leads us through the storms of life. He is more than able and willing to walk by our sides.


Father, thank You for knowing beforehand that we will face struggles. Thank You for allowing us to read Your Word for comfort, assurance, guidance, and hope. We give You praise for caring for us each day. As we serve You, please bless us with overflowing patience, hope, and love so others might see Your providence and seek You, for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Angie Quantrell is the editor for WMU preschool resources.