Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
Patient -d) enduring pain, trouble, etc., with composure and without complaining.
Complain -d) to express pain, dissatisfaction, etc., to find fault, to make an accusation or a formal charge.
This is not a complicated statement. Easy to say. How hard is it to rejoice in suffering and tribulation? It is even hard to pray when you are suffering. But He says to rejoice. We can do it if our focus is on Him and His promise to us. We are not to live by our circumstances. If we are thankful and positive, with a good attitude, things can begin to change. But what if they don’t?
The Lord wants us to learn patience. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit. But we must learn to allow patience to work within us. One of the hardest things for me is not to complain when things go wrong. Yet, that is what patience is. I can sing and praise the Lord with joyfulness. I can thank Him for all my blessings. If I can stay positive, my joy will stay. But if I start to complain, it just makes things worse.
We must focus on the good outcome of any trial. We must put ourselves in that position and hold on tight. We must learn to hold our tongue.
Proverbs 15:4 A gentle tongue (with its healing power) is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit. Amp.
This verse is saying we must be careful what we allow to come out of our mouth. Complaining is contrary to what the Lord wants from us. If we have a gentle tongue, it will have a healing effect on those who hear. How blessed that promise is. But if we complain it will bring only harm to us.
We are to rejoice in hope. Romans 5:5 Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
Our answer is the love of God. If we believe He loves us, we can get through the darkest of nights. He will supply our every need. We need His love. He will never disappoint us. We may be sad for a time, but He will come and lift us up where He is! How glorious it can be!