Romans 12:12 (NIV) Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
We are living in tense times: the pandemic, social issues, hurricane destruction, disrupted routines, anxious hearts, hateful campaigns. The tension is real. Jesus told us that hardships would come, and we shouldn’t be surprised. The good news is that out of the hard, dark, unpleasant places, good can come if we will just keep walking. We won’t see it immediately. And sometimes we can’t think beyond the tension of the moment. But we must choose to keep walking, and do it with joy. God has mercies that are new every morning. Look for them throughout the day and choose gratitude. Locked in the darkest place in the jail, Paul and Silas chose to sing. Though their backs bled and their stomachs hungered, they focused on Jesus. Joy comes “in the morning” (Psa. 30:5) —always does for the follower of Jesus. Be patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, and joyful in hope. What’s ahead? Resurrection!