Romans 5:2-4 And we rejoice in the hope of the glory. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
What hope, Lord! I have the certain hope of eternal life through Christ. Today I’m one day closer than yesterday to that eternal vacation destination. What joy this gives me! Yet I don’t always feel like rejoicing. I get tired, stressed out, burned out, sad, and weak. These feelings seek to rob me of my joy. But then I remember that you use them to strengthen my faith, drawing me closer to you. So I rejoice even in hardships. They give me even greater reason to rejoice in the hope of heaven. Therefore I say with James, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (1:2-3). Amen.