Read Romans 5:1-5
I think this passage may be more relatable for us this year than any year before. As we read the words of Paul on suffering, endurance, character and hope, we can also reflect on what we’ve all been through since the beginning of the pandemic. No matter who you are, the past year has come with hardships. And even though the original readers of this letter may not have been faced with COVID-19, they too were facing various sufferings. What does Paul remind them to do? To rejoice in suffering because it “produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope.” A hope that does not disappoint.
In this season, we have the opportunity to live with the hope that comes from the birth and second coming of Christ. We get to rejoice in the love that has been poured out for us and into our hearts. Even in the midst of so much pain and suffering, we have this hope. What a gift!
The hope that the world offers is empty and fleeting, but the hope we have in Christ is righteous and eternal — amen to that.
Sometimes, I don’t realize the worldly things I hope in instead of Jesus. I think it is helpful to take a few moments to think about the areas where we miss out on a hope that doesn’t disappoint because of the false hope the world offers. Take some time to consider the areas where you might be doing the same.
Rejoicing in suffering can be challenging. What are some practical ways we can do that? Perhaps someone you are close to is going through a hard time — what would it look like for you to offer hope in their situation? Take some time to consider that question.
Lord, You are good. Thank You for the hope that we have in You. Help me remember Your goodness and presence in my suffering. Be with me today as I walk in the Spirit. Amen.
Jack attends the O’Brien’s city group and serves with Scarlet City Kids.