Romans 12:12 – “Rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, constant in prayer!”
We continue to focus on “Patience in tribulation”.
Hope and patience work together!
Hope is not an emotion, it’s a thought process. We can work to cultivate hope as a way of thinking and coping. As difficult as my childhood was, my mum would throw us lifeline of Hope! I always recall, “Ba yi ko ni yio Ma ri lo!” Meaning, “It will not always be like this!” She said it so long and at critical times that it was wired into my being. I had a cheerful expectation of how things could be! That is hope helping a little child cope with the issues of life!
We live in a time where we are led to believe that everything should be convenient, fun and easy. That’s actually the opposite of what cultivates hope; it is a breeding ground for hopelessness.
Daniel asked for 10days to feed on pulses to ‘compete’ against those eating at the king’s table. Esther took time to prepare her natural beauty in order to standout against the ‘made up beauties’ of her generation! Peter’s deliverance did not come when he was arrested but after he was chained and thrown into prison!
Pause & ponder on what kept them!
Hope seems to feel stronger each time I pick myself by the help of God’s Spirit. What about you?
You and I live in an imperfect world, locked into the flow of time.
Without the virtue of hope, we can’t stand life at all! Why wait for 9 months to see and hold the baby growing in your womb? Patience, (a fruit of the Spirit) works with Hope!
We can take a lesson from the Thessalonians whom Paul congratulated for their, “patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ…” (1Thessalonians 1:2-3).
Thank God for the hope you have in Him!
Look around and thank God for His plan and timing. He makes all things beautiful in His own time!
Ask God to give you a fresh understanding and appreciation of His time (Kairos).
Commit the changes you desire into God’s hands! Pray over them & rejoice in hope!