Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday Words of Encouragement


How can we possibly be joyful when things are going wrong? When we are sunk deep in debt and something else breaks? When our children head down a wrong path? When our spouse is angry with us?  When our lives don't match the dreams we once had?  When the world comes crashing in?

Is true joy even possible?

Romans 5:1-5 ~

"Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."

The key to being joyful is the hope we have in Christ. No matter how bad things are, we have hope. Hope that the Lord will work. Hope that He will provide for our needs. Hope that He will restore relationships. God's hope is the thing that sets us apart from others. We have put our belief in the One who brings hope!

So when my circumstances are bad, I can look forward to how the Lord will work in them. And that glimmer of hope is the very thing that gives me joy.

The previous chapter in Romans talks about Abraham and how he had hope and because of that he believed in God despite impossible circumstances.  He is considered righteous because of that faith and hope.  He did not weaken in his faith.  He simply believed that God would do what He said.  No doubts.  No disbelief.  Simply faith.

So this morning I want to encourage you to keep your chin up.  Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord.  Read His word and the promises found there.  You will find the joy you desire!