New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
One of the college students at my church started a Facebook group to bring a bunch of us together across the miles to read through the book of Romans together. We post our thoughts and discuss it as we go along, following a week by week schedule. It has already been a blessing to me as I needed the push to find a place to again begin the practice of daily reading my bible.
We’re in chapter 5 this week and as I was reading it yesterday I stopped dead at verses 1-5, especially verse 3, which I highlighted in pink above.
See, my week started off Sunday morning with trials and tribulations. My car has been in the shop being fixed more than it has been driven this year. I finally got it back Friday and was so excited to finally be able to get around independently again. Sunday I get up, get ready for church, it is pouring down rain…and the car is messing up again. I wanted to cry, instead I yelled. No one heard me, but that wasn’t real productive. It was not rejoicing either. I was determined to go even if I had to walk to services. The car eventually cooperated and I made it on time for Sunday School, but it was not the way to start the morning.
In hind sight I wonder, could I have handled it better? Certainly! A stopping, regrouping, and praying would have been a better way to handle it. Yelling didn’t do anything, I simply raised my blood pressure and stress level. Instead I could have prayed for the Lord to help me. I need to be more aware that when a bump in the road hits, I need to stop, breathe and pray.
I did get a lesson in faith though, during worship services. I put the last bit of cash I had to my name in the offering plate, praying and trusting the Lord for what I needed this week in order to keep my Avon business running. I did not get a huge influx of cash, but instead, after praying, received just enough to meet my needs. 🙂
My prayer of late has been, “help my unbelief”, and to continue to seek joy. Only now I understand a bit better that even in the rough spots, I need to find the joy and rejoice, praising Him in the hallways of my life.