Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. — Romans 12:12
Most of us have endured devastating trials in our lives. We have been devastated by financial loss, heartbreak, loss of loved ones, and other troubled times. Many of these stories are reported on television on a daily basis. And yet, time after time, the resilience of those who are facing adversity shines through.
The main reason many of us do not buckle under the weight of our circumstances is because of the hope that is in our hearts.
Characteristically, just like faith, hope is strengthened by adversity. The experience of having gone through something difficult toughens our resolve so that we believe we are going to be okay. In verse 12 of Romans 12, Paul tried to help us understand that going through difficult times was no excuse to abandon hope. We should remain joyful in hope as we wait in anticipation for God’s promises to be fulfilled, with the greatest promise being Heaven.
When you experience difficulty, you have a choice. One option is to hide in a dark place away from the world, or you can face the adversity head on, knowing that you are not alone.
God is there. Just reach out to Him in prayer. The hope that He has placed in your heart will see you through. And the next time you endure a trial, your hope will be stronger.
Dear God, thank You for hope that is strengthened through every trial. Amen.
Excerpted with permission from 365 Devotions for Hope by Karen Whiting, copyright Zondervan.
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