Last week I was reading a blog post on God's Growing Garden called Perseverance and Character. Angie is the blogger, and I have really enjoyed reading what she has to say.
Angie wrote about Romans 5:1 - 5:5 last week, and I believe that this is something that we really need to remember.
5:2 Through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
5:3 And not only in that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
Romans 5:2 - 3
She was actually talking about perseverance, but what caught my eye, was glory even in time of trouble, or tribulations. I think that sometimes we turn to God in times of trouble, but we do not rejoice. He has given us his love unconditionally. He is always there for us, but for some reason, in times of trouble, we forget to rejoice and glory in his love for us. I think that sometimes life just feels too hard.
A friend called me this week, and we talked for a few minutes. I asked if everything was okay, and she answered that things felt heavy, but that God was faithful, so everything would be okay. I had just read Angie's blog, and again the scripture that stuck with me was Romans's 5:2 and 5:3, "but we also glory in tribulations". So I told my friend about Angie, and what she had written. Literally I had just read this post an hour before my friend called.
It was perfect, because those were God's words that she needed to hear. Isn't it amazing how he works. When I spoke with my friend a few days later, she said that today may be a bad day, but God is faithful, and the next day may be better. God is at work.
I think that if we wake up each and every day rejoicing in good times and in bad, then we are better able to remember that God loves us each and every day. That we can "rejoice in the hope of the glory of God" but also "glory in tribulations" is a one way of praising God.
This was just a short note today. Please send me your comments, I always love hearing from you.
Have a blessed day.
Have a blessed day.