21 Jan Day 17: Rejoice… Be Patient… Be Constant
Adam and Edis Valenti
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).
We all go through hardships in our lives. The realities of our walk with Jesus in the midst of a broken world truly creates challenges and struggles. But in n Romans 12:12, Paul teaches us three things we should do in our everyday lives in light of our hardships.
- Rejoice in Hope. This is referring to Christ’s return and our ultimate redemption (Rom. 8: 23-24). No matter what the Lord gives us (good or bad) we should always have hope. This life is not the end for us. (Matt. 25:21, 1 Cor. 15:58, 2 Tim 4:8). Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection gives us true hope in Him. Therefore, we rejoice!
- Be Patient in Tribulation. Life can be unpleasant and not all moments are happy moments. But the struggles of life on earth are not worth comparing with the glory to come (Rom 8:18). So, we wait with patience (Rom. 8:25). We look to Jesus, who trusted the will of His father before being crucified on the cross.
- Be Constant in Prayer. When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane He exemplified being in constant prayer during tribulation. God tells us plenty of times that we should pray (Acts 2:42, 1 Thess. 5:17, 1 Tim. 2:8). We shouldn’t just pray in bad times; we should also pray in good times by giving thanks for all He has blessed us with. Praying gives us the intimacy with God that we need daily.
- Pray and give thanks for the hope that He has given us in Christ Jesus. Pick a person in your life and ask the Lord to reveal the hope He has given us and share it with them.
- We live in a fast pace world and it’s easy to forget to be patient and to pray. We look for fast results whenever we do pray but that is not how God works. God’s timing is always perfect. Take some time out of your busy day no matter where you are or what you’re doing to pray. It could be in your car while driving to work or walking your dog; God is always with you (Read Psalm 139:7-12).
- Pray that we may see the purpose that God has laid out for us and know how we can use our unique gifts to impact our community.