By: Carole L. Haines
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)
My husband told me of some good advice that his Old Boss from years ago spoke to a group of leaders in his company. He said,
“Let’s not see something as trouble, let’s see it as a challenge. And if it is now a challenge, it is also an opportunity.”
I love that, it reminded me of the passage above in Romans. If we change our perspective on trials and tribulations, and see them instead as challenges; this can propel us forward in hope. Hopefully facing our future instead of dreading what we are now facing can give us purpose beyond our present
So many people are suffering greatly, and I cannot imagine some of their difficulties. I just want to encourage them to hope in the Lord and His love towards them. Notice how the above passage links our hope to the fact that God’s love is poured out within our hearts. We, Dear Believers, have such reason for hope because of God. He never gives up on us. He is always drawing us closer to Himself as we yield ourselves to Him. Look at this beautiful Scripture:
“Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14 NLT)
God is so, so good. Imagine Him devising ways to bring us back to Himself, in heart, soul and mind. He is drawing you closer to Himself. Tune in to the voice of Your Loving Heavenly Father. I love and appreciate you all so much. This new change in perspective is helping me look at some things differently and look at myself and others differently too. I hope it blesses you.
Have a Wonderful Day in the Lord.