Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12: 12)
The Word of God is timeless. Paul includes these words as he lists the distinguishing marks of a Christian. Written about two thousand years ago, they are meant for us today. In this time of “social distancing” we are separated from family and friends and we are not able to many of our normal activities. We are given the gift of faith and thus the strength to exhibit these characteristics.
Rejoice in hope. The hope, the assurance, we have in the forgiveness of sins and eternal life through faith in Christ. The sure hope that He is always with us and provides our needs. The assurance that God keeps all the promises revealed through His Holy Word.
Be patient in tribulation. In times that would test our patience, we wait upon the Lord. We trust his sovereignty and we know; “That for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Be constant in prayer. What a blessing God has given us. He desires that we spend time in prayer with him. There is nothing too large, or too small, to bring before the Lord. The words of the hymn are true:
Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear –
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.
Lutheran Service Book 770
My friends, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” giving evidence of your faith, and to the honor and Glory of the one who gave you that faith.
Gospel verse for today:
You are the light of the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5: 14- 16