Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).
As battles come and go in this life it is easy to fall apart and be overwhelmed by all that surrounds us. The cacophony of voices telling us to stop or that we will fail so why continue, can block out the one quiet voice telling us to keep moving.
When we chose to believe there is more than our circumstances tell us, we choose to hope. Out of this hope comes a sense of joy, of possibility for more. This joy helps us dig deeper into our patience.
Patience is one of those “vegetable virtues.” The kind that are good for you, but still hard to swallow. When we are being afflicted by trials and tests we will find that we are actually stretching and growing our patience and endurance. Anyone who has trained for a sport event understands this experience. Training and building muscles means strain, struggle, and the decision to not give up. It’s the decision to endure for a better person.
Faithfulness to me brings to mind a rugby player in the midst of the game. Bloody, dirty, sweaty, tired, but never giving up. Still fighting to support his or her team members until the final whistle is blown.
When we engage in our faith we will find the end result is a stronger believer. We have battled through the trials and are still standing. We have believed God is bigger than what we faced and found it to be true.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Romans 5:1-5).