Author: Kurt Bryant
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Romans 5:3-4 (NKJV)
As a Marriage Minister of more than five years, my wife and I have heard almost every conceivable marital problem there is. A co-worker once shared with me a heartbreaking series of horrible events, which included infidelity and the loss of a child, that had brought their decades-long marriage to the brink of divorce. This individual asked me if there was hope even for their dire situation. Instead of the usual “there’s always hope in Jesus” response, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to say “There are always solutions in God’s Word. Working His solutions will bring you hope.”
"There are always solutions in God’s Word."
Through my own personal life pain-points over the years (some of my own making and others not), I have discovered that hope is not a feeling that is whipped up to help us through our trials in life. Our flesh gets it backwards. God says that when trials hit us, He gives us the strength and determination to press through the pain to our victory. This “stick-to-it-ness” develops our character and our character is what produces our hope. You see, hope is actually a process. The process doesn’t always change our outcomes, but it does change us. I love how God says in verse 5 of the above passage of scripture that this type of hope will never disappoint us! That’s a God kind of hope!
Declare along with me right now:
Lord, TODAY I choose (no matter the pain) to press YOUR WAY through my trial, building my character in the process, and (by so doing) latch hold of Your hope which will never disappoint me! To Jesus’ glory, I can, I will, the end!