“Patience In Pain” ( Romans 12:12, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

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

Paul doesn’t say “rejoice in affliction.” He doesn’t expect himself or others to revel in misery. Rather he calls us to “rejoice in hope,” in the hope of our salvation primarily but even in our walk with God. He says to us, ‘yes, you have pain here’ but you must be patient as you tread through it, and “be persistent in prayer.”

Prayer is one expression of hope. As we pray, we anticipate a positive answer — and even if the answer is negative, we long for God’s listening ear and the quieting of His voice: “Be still, and know that I Am God.”

If we turn to the left, He whispers. If we turn to the right, He may shout. At least we know He is always with us, “even to the ends of the earth.”

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  1. lambskinny says:

    Thanks so much Shian Writes, Susie, Lesley, Betsy and Laurie, and Ula. Blessings!

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