Be Patient in Affliction

June 17, 2013 | Tags: ,

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

-Romans 12:12

In life, we all experience affliction that is outside of our control. The walk of affliction is difficult, especially when God is the only One who can turn our circumstances around. We may wonder–if He is God and has all the power to rescue me from this, why is He taking so long? Why doesn’t He just take this away now? The truth lies in a sobering but hopeful reality–God cares more about our character and our faith than our comfort.

The eternal perspective lies in these verses of Scripture–“We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope” (Romans 5:3-4). As a Perfect Father, He knows His children need more than to be rescued from every affliction. Instead, His children need an unshakable faith and resolute spirit to be able to handle whatever comes our way. Being rescued each and every time trouble strikes does nothing to demonstrate faith in Jesus Christ to an onlooking world. Rather, faith and hope in a God who will carry us through any trouble are the true riches of life. We can never really know what will come our way, but we can be assured we will make it through because our God is faithful. We have seen Him carry us through trouble in the past, and we will see Him carry us through again in the future. This hope gives us the courage and strength we need to live. This hope is the hope a lost world needs to see.

This does not mean God won’t ever rescue us. He will rescue us from every evil attack, and it will be glorious. How He chooses to do that is yet to be seen. But we can be assured He will, because He promises to do so. And God keeps every promise He ever makes. We can praise Him today and remain joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and persistent in our prayers. Our Redeemer lives. And He is coming. Hang on today, and every day, while you are traveling through your affliction. God will save you. And He will get all the glory.

By Courtney Silberman

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