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Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12). Saint Paul provides three powerful points to remember and practice in this short verse. These three points are applicable to every situation or circumstance we will ever find ourselves in on this side of eternity. Paul says, true Christians rejoice in hope, are patient in tribulation, and are constant in prayer. Let’s take a look at these three points.
“Rejoice in hope,” Paul is saying. Let the hope you have in God cause you to live with joy and delight. Regardless of our circumstances, we should always let the gospel of Jesus Christ bring us joy! Our hope of being made right with God through Jesus, our hope of Jesus returning, our hope of heaven, our hope in the promises of God are the sure foundations that should leave us rejoicing. Let your hope always be stronger than your uncertainties. Let your hope be stronger than your fears. Let your hope cause you to rejoice.
“Be patient in tribulation,” Paul says. Are you in a difficult situation in your life today? Be patient! That is easier said than done, right? How are we to be patient? By knowing and trusting that God is in control. His timing is perfect, He doesn’t make mistakes. He has a perfect plan! You can patiently rest in His sovereign control and power. He is with us, trust in Him! Be patient and rest in Him, He will never leave or forsake us.
“Be constant in prayer,” Paul says. Pray continually! This can be a challenge. It is easy to go for long stretches in our days when things are going well and never consider praying or giving thanks. That is not constant prayer! Friends, we have the ability to communicate with the God of the universe, and yet we often fail to use that privilege. God wants to hear our hearts. He wants to spend time with us. He wants a relationship with us. He wants to empower us through our days. Constant prayer is the secret that unlocks all of these things. Take advantage of the privilege we have been given and be constant in prayer! These three points are the answer to the challenges we face daily. Press into God and let Him increase your hope. Ask Him for more patience in your tribulations and allow Him to deepen your personal desire to communicate with Him throughout your day. This single life verse can make a monumental difference!
Grace and peace always,