“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
The world seems to be falling apart around me. I don’t have to look very far to find chaos, unrest, loss and sickness. When I look back, I will remember this year as one that brought hard changes, difficulty and grief. And yet there is also one other thing: HOPE. In the middle of it all, I’ve held on to my faith in the God of the universe with white knuckles. When I start to let go, the world around me seems unbearable. When I fix my eyes on Jesus and hold tight, I have hope.
Paul reminds us in Romans 12 to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation and be constant in prayer.” I love lists because they give me direction. These three things are in the middle of a longer list in Romans 12 that outlines the traits of a true Christian. I can spend time worshipping God simply because of the hope I have for eternity through Christ — an eternity free of the world’s troubles. I can practice patience. And I can pray. Prayer refocuses me during tribulation (read: hard times, pandemics, political unrest) and reminds me of the hope I have in Christ.
As I process what’s happening in my life and around our world, I have challenged myself to answer this question: what are the good things about this year? Without a doubt, a renewed HOPE in Christ is at the top of that list. Mamas, don’t miss this! Right now we have the opportunity to grow closer to God in a way we never have before. Keep hoping in Him and hold on tight!
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21
To Consider This Week
What are some good things about this year so far?
What is harder for you: rejoicing in hope, being patient in tribulation, or being constant in prayer?
Take your previous answer and make a list of ways that you can practice your hardest thing (rejoicing, being patient, or praying constantly).
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