rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer; – Romans 12:12
Every believer is given three commands or instructions here:
Rejoice in Hope
This means that when we look around and can find nothing to make us truly joyous, we are encouraged because of the knowledge of where our eternity will be.
Our hope is that one day, we will depart this evil world of pain and sorrows, and inherit the promise of God’s joy, peace and eternal life. This is the hope we must rejoice in when we remember.
Patience in Tribulation
Hard times will always be with us. Jesus said in the world we will definitely have tribulations, but this was a warning that came with an assurance of triumph.
He also said, for as he has overcome, by implication, we can do so as well. This is why we must be patient when tribulations come, because they are not meant to last forever.
Therefore, prayer is not an option, and it must be constant even more importantly.
I pray that you allow us to see you working in the midst of our storms and allow us to endure these trials with the deep and underlying joy that comes from your Holy Spirit. Remind us to always rejoice in the hope that you give us. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray.
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