Our Great Hope

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 in Scripture, Uncategorized

Often in life, things don’t go exactly as planned. No matter how much preparation goes into a day, there are those days. And it is those days that our patience is tested and, if it has its sanctifying purpose, we are purified, made holy. The apostle Paul wrote,

[5:1] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, [4] and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, [5] and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 ESV)

The KJV and other English translations have “tribulations produce patience, and patience produces experience, and experience produces hope.” It is through life experiences that our patience is tested. Our Christ-like character shines through suffering (and unexpected occurrences and delays) the evidence is in our patience. Our patience demonstrates that we truly believe that God is sovereign and that our hope is in Him.

So, when things don’t go quite as planned, does patience or grumbling follow? My mother used to ask, “Are you long or are you short?” What she meant was, when things were spiraling out of control (or as she would wisely remind me, when things “seemed” to be out of control), was my patience long or short? Of course, I didn’t like her “practical theology” at the time it was offered – showing my impatience.

So remember – regardless of what happens today, our hope is in the One who sent us the Spirit of patience!

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