Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
It is certainly the mark of a peculiar people who find occasion for rejoicing in the face and midst of suffering.
Yet, we should not consider it awfully strange since by the same token, we also profess our allegiance to a King who was inaugurated into his Kingdom by giving his very life for his people – suffering so that he could be made perfect to accomplish the will of God. (Heb 2:10, 5:8)
Though no trial seems pleasant at the time, let us fix our eyes far beyond these things that now stand before us knowing that they are simply the birthing pains for something so exceedingly awesome that we will altogether forget our every pain one day when we see the fruit of those labours complete.
Until then, ‘hope’ is bringing a bit of that expected joy of the future, into the here and now to press us along.
Faith beyond mere sight, until our sight grows up to be as certain and far reaching as our faith…
The vital lens.