Hope in trials
S - Romans 5:3-5 (NASB)
3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 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.
O - Paul's words of perseverance and encouragement during trials in our lives is one that gives hope and spirit of victory to those who chose to follow Christ. The journey of a trial is one of purpose and when we understand this as Paul understood, we can begin to rejoice in the good work God is doing in us. Tribulations are the work out - where we grow in our trust in God by persevering circumstances, and as we act with a grace and godly character we begin to hope, not in ourselves, but in the truth that God is with us, and he is sufficient.
A- The application for me is a reminder of daily perseverance during times of tribulation, for it is this perseverance often over a long period of time, that develops the character neccesary to follow God closely in this world. Without this proven character I will easily fall away in circumstances that are not favorable.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank your for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart. I pray God that you would help me to persevere this current season, and come out on the other end full of joy and increased faith in you and your ways.