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7th April: Hope (3) -- In Problems and Trials

'... hope does not disappoint us. Romans 5:5

Because of hope, we can rejoice when we run into troubles and trials, for we know that they are good for us. They help us to learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens. We know that all is well,l for we know how dearly God loves us. We feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Rom 5:3-5 LB).

We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we do not yet have -- for a man who already has something doesn't need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn't happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently (Rom 8:24-25 LB).

Lord God, giver of hope,
fill us with your peace as we believe in you.
And help us to overflow with hope in you
through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Further reading: Rom 5:1-11.

KOT

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