No one enjoys going through challenging seasons. While we would all probably prefer to avoid them, trying times do have some benefits.

A few years back, I was going through a rough patch. I was grateful I had faith in God because it seemed I would never be able to shake the way I was feeling.

Thankfully that season passed, as they all do. The challenges we face can vary from season to season. You may be experiencing a challenge in your relationships, health, finances, workplace, business, or emotions. The good news is, something beneficial can come out of your circumstances.

Scripture shines some light on challenges in Romans 8:28; “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Everything we experience is not good, but some good can come out of everything. I believe challenges provide clarity in four key areas of our lives.

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1. Convictions

When you go through a challenge, you may end up shaken to the core; what remain are your true convictions. Challenges have a way of sifting out beliefs that are not true convictions and strengthening those that are.

2. Priorities

This may be the most beneficial item on the list. If you are going through a relationship challenge in your family, all of a sudden you may realize that working overtime or going to the ball game with friends is no longer so important.

You may be given a great challenge to make your true priorities a priority again.

3. Friends

When things are going well it is easy to have friends, but when you go through difficulties the strength of your friendships is challenged. You discover who will walk with you regardless of what is going on in your life. If you find that you have one true friend, you should consider yourself blessed.

4. Perspective

The challenges we face give us a more well-rounded point of view. As you face certain trials, you can engage better with others who are going through similar experiences.

The best prayer during challenges may be, “God help me see things the way you see them.”

The aforementioned season I experienced didn’t kill me, but it did bring clarity to the four areas above. Remember this as you are facing your challenge: God can work it out for good. You may not love what is going on, but there is something you can learn and grow from in the midst of your trial.

Would love to hear how your experiences have brought out clarity in your life.

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