Last night we had a Bible study where the intern, Zach, who is staying here for 5 weeks taught on the birth of Samuel. He mentioned that the chapter (I Samuel 1) could have adoration as its theme because all throughout they worshiped God. It didn't matter the circumstance.
We had just come off a week of someone getting saved because of difficult circumstances. It is crazy to think the length of God's love for us. He does what it takes to accomplish His will. Because of this, we can thank God through our difficult times because we know that He is accomplishing His purposes in our lives.
Prosperity is popular with many, but the reality is that God often blesses us with difficult circumstances so that we can grow closer to Him. "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son!"(Romans 8:28-29 God loves us so much that he puts things in our life to make us more like Christ. That is why we can glory in tribulations. When is the last time you thanked God for a difficult situation in your life because you perceived that He was making you to be more like Christ?