“we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1a-6 NKJV
Dear Heavenly Father –Please help us when we are weak, discouraged and disappointed. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding that we may know you. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us! All we want is more of you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Well. It is a Monday. The Mondayest, Monday that ever Mondayed. I wanted nothing more than to lie on the floor of my office dyeing of Mondayitis. Was I having a day?! Oh yes – and sadly it was a Monday.
Poor Monday’s get such a bad reputation – but today Monday exposed me to why it does!
So. Disappointment. Crept. In.
It stayed a while and brewed into a rotten and fermented version of itself called: Discouragement.
Such a stupid Monday kind of thing for it to do! Then I stumbled, and by ‘stumbled’ I mean apparently lead by God, to Romans 5:5 and a devotional about how much God loves me. But what stood out the most:
“Now, hope does not disappoint”
Isn’t it the grace of God that leads us to what He wants us to hear and know. So it is therefore apparent that if I feel disappointment, I am not focused on the HOPE!
Oh what a yo-yo my emotions have been, though. Because I got myself alone with God and cried – But God, I hope! I hope for financial help. I hope for my child’s salvation. I hope for a miracle in my friend’s life. I hope for a miracle in this pandemic. I hope for a move of you across the world. I hope for so many things. And I have to say, I am a little disappointed.
I do recall, God HAS provided for my every need. I know God’s promises for my child. I know that when praying for miracles in people, and changes to their hearts – it is a long process, enduring and persistent pray is required. I know my hopes and prayers are not the small easy prayers for God to fix, requiring a battle against evil spirits and free will. I thank God and give Him glory. Yet, I kind of hoped (yep, that word again) that there would be more visible and tangible proof by this point.
I try not to be discouraged. Some of my hopes is the release and freedom from certain trials and tribulations. I have always prayed for the mountain to be moved – and God said to me, not this mountain; this one must be climbed because I want to take you above it. And despite hear from God on it, I still deep down hoped it would be taken from me. Secretly holding onto ‘my way’ in the form of a secret hope.
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17 NKJV
And God brings it to light – God brings to light how many of my hopes are really just me hanging onto my plans and I flesh. Are the hope I have listed above, really fall into God’s hands to do His way and I need to let go? God will do what He is famous for – and do it His way.
Verse 3 and 4:
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Wait – look at verse 1: “we have peace” – I did not have peace today. It was because I failed to recognize that these tribulations (verse 3) – these struggles, the trying of my faith – is designed to produce perseverance. I see with my fleshly eyes that I have persevered for so long and instead of seeing positive changes moving in the right direction, I see more destruction and the opposite of my prayers. I see people I am praying for moving away from God. I see them becoming more empty and hollow. I see the chains they once held, become bondages. I see the situation with the pandemic getting worse in some ways – regardless of knowledge that they are not really as bad as people say. I need to persevere MORE. I need to build my own character – because character produces hope. And that is the kind of hope that does NOT disappoint. That is the kind of hope that isn’t hope in my own selfishness and my fleshly desires. That is hope in the solid and immovable promises of God.
The passage, beginning at verse 6, says when we are still without strength, Christ died for us. And I am so very without strength – still. This whole concept is reiterated many times in the Bible.
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NKJV
Going back to old posts here – weakness displayed as humility key to the Lord’s strength and power in us – we have power in HIM!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10 NKJV
We all experience Mondays like this – and it may not be on a Monday. But we have all felt weak, discouraged and disappointed. When we do, we must encourage ourselves in the word of God. We must persevere, build more character – by faith create a true hope in the plans of God. And the only way to learn His plan is to spend genuine time with Him praying and reading.
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Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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