Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
When things go bad, plans fail, sickness comes, or the economy tanks, how do you respond? You could despair, get angry, quit, or curse God. You could deny what happened or blame others. You could get depressed, discouraged, or anxious. Or you could listen to what Paul suggests. He gives us three choices. He writes that you can choose to be joyful, patient, and faithful. You can choose to be joyful because you have hope. Hope is the equalizer. It is the force behind miracles. Before faith, there is hope. You can choose hope and all the joy it brings. In the midst of your predicament, you can also choose to be patient, trusting in God. Finally, you can pray. Being faithful in prayer touches the heart of God. So today, when the opportunity presents itself, choose to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
Father, help me to trust You more. Help me to be joyful in the hope that You give me. Help me to be patient with the problems I find myself in. Help me pray faithfully, trusting in Your power and love.
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