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Trouble for Hope

Romans 5:6 says, “suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Here we see hope comes through a process, but what is hope? Hope is more than wishful-thinking. It is a conviction that God promises good through everything, including our struggles. Therefore we lean into Him, drawing on His strength until we overcome.

Hope isn’t something we stumble upon. It is slowly, painfully developed through seasons of suffering. As life deals us problems, pain and trouble, commit to memory 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Appreciate that there is purpose behind pain and trouble.

It’s natural to want to take the easy route. This isn’t necessarily sin, but we don’t value things we easily achieve the same way we value things that came to us with difficulty, pain or great effort. Hope is highly valued. Hope is inspiring and powerful. How shall we come by it? Not easily, rather, though trouble. And what is the reward for our trouble? “An eternal glory.” Not just heaven, but perseverance, character and hope.

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