As someone approaching 40 (in a couple of years), I’m scratching the surface of the idea that I am not in the “young” generation anymore. Sure, I’m not “old” but there is an entire generation behind me now. So with that small distance of separation comes my reflection today. We don’t have to look far to find a frustrated young person who is agonizing over the toughness of life. Profit, love and ease hasn’t fallen in their lap yet. They haven’t done anything wrong but they don’t have the house and all the toys their parent’s have. Instead, they had to get an entry level job instead of VP of something clever sounding.
It doesn’t take long for a young person to realize that a successful life doesn’t just magically appear. It takes effort and it takes a lot of TIME. That idea is very easy for me to grasp at this point in my life. But there is another area that even now, I want to skip to the end result and am shocked that there is a process. Processes are so boring and long-suffering. The process I’m referring to is the road to HOPE.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” —Romans 5:1-4, NKJV
Did you catch that? Hope starts with tribulation. Yuck! That doesn’t sound like anything fun I want to add to my life. But in case you don’t know yet, we don’t have much say so over what tribulation we endure. It just happens. Tribulation is part of life. No one is immune to it. But now we can celebrate in the midst of tribulation because it is the first step on the journey towards hope.
Tribulation cultivates reflection. And what better thing can we reflect on than the gifts we are freely given as a result of the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ? …justification …faith …peace …grace …rejoicing
Know that tribulation is the soil that God waters to produce perseverance, character and ultimately hope. Praise His name!
ASK—What past tribulations resulted in hope?