Growing up in the church, I've read the Bible cover to cover and have an incredible memory bank of Scripture, something for which I am so, very thankful. But, in the past six months as I've really leaned in to the Lord, Scripture has taken on an entirely fresh relevance and verses I've read literally hundreds, maybe thousands of times have come to life, in a sense. This week it was this simple verse:
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
It's no coincidence that these phrases are paired the way that they are...and each of these commands is no simple task.
"Joyful in hope"...not necessarily happy about the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but I can always be joyful in the hope I have through Christ.
"Patient in affliction"...this is so hard. It's that waiting...wandering around (seemingly aimlessly) in the desert while we wait for God's deliverance, direction, provision. Patience...when we can't even see beyond our affliction. Because our God is the Deliverer and we are never stranded or alone.
"Faithful in prayer"...even when we don't see answers, or at least the answers we want...because prayer is more about communing with God and aligning our hearts with His will than getting what we want.
Dwelling on these truths tonight...