Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. — Romans 12:12
To God be all honour and glory and in the power of His might. A pleasant good morning to all my brethren in the Lord. Grace and peace be unto you and His Holy Name.
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, in the newspaper, the internet, in church 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. We reach breaking points on many different occasions, but through it all God brought us out victoriously. This is an encouragement for us to keep trusting in the Lord and in the power of His might.
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 chapter 12, Paul tried to help us understand that going through difficult times was no excuse to abandon hope. That is the time for you to remain strong and pull through, in your weakness you gather strength. 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. I want you to know that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you, He promises to be with you to the very end. He never fails nor go back on His word. Just believe and hold on to the hem of His garment and watch Him work for you.
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. You do not have to take my word but if you are connected to Him you will understand the message I am giving you this morning.
Dear God, thank You for hope that is strengthened through every trial. Every facet of our lives we have that desire and hope in us that it will be well with our souls. In Jesus’ Name Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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