And there are so many things in life that are draining. Trials can just suck the life out of people.
But we Christians are called to persevere.
When we are going through the trials and tribulations, when we think God is not listening to any prayers that we send His way, we are called to persevere.
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;” ~ Romans 5: 3-4
Paul, in the verse prior to this, tells us to “exalt in the glory of God,” and then he tells us to “exalt in our tribulations.” WHAT?!? That sounds crazy! The word for exalt in this verse is kauchaomai which means boast. So we are to boast during our trials and tribulations. This is the same word that Paul uses throughout 2 Corinthians 10 and 11 as he explains about boasting in the Lord.
These verses have words that build upon each other. Tribulation –> Perseverance –> Proven character –> Hope. You can’t have one without the other. They are linked together. The word for perseverance is hupomeno which means to be under, to abide and remain. Through our tribulations we are to boast about God and abide in Him, remaining in Him and not losing the faith. And if we do this well, then it creates proven character in us. The Greek word used for proven character is dokime. It is the picture of one who has matured, or has been put to the test and passed with flying colors.
And anyone who passes the test is given the gift of hope.
Do you need hope today? Persevere, Reader. Boast in the Lord. Praise His name. Allow Him to mature you and build character. Because here is the next verse in Romans: and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~ Romans 5:5
Stick it out, Reader! Pass the test with flying colors! You CAN’T do it! Let GOD do it!
EXALT in Him!