Every time I read Romans 5:3-5 I’m struck. By the word HOPE. “…We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, HOPE. And HOPE does not put us to shame…” No matter what we’re going through, how hard times can get—we have hope. Everything happens for a reason, even if that reason is simply to develop you as the person God wants you to be. Every heartache, sorrow, fear builds your personality and demeanor. How you face these challenges in life shows your courage, endurance. God is seeking brave souls to fight His battle in this world, take on hardships as a way to develop your battle skills.
We know that in spite of everything, there is hope. Hope for a future, hope for life (Jeremiah 29:11). Everything in our lives should be straining toward that hope. At the forefront of our minds should be the desire to share that hope. Our world is a lost and lonely place, all humans (whether they admit it or not) are seeking happiness. And the only way to true happiness is through the hope we’ve found in Christ. Without it, we would be wandering aimlessly through life pointed toward a meaningless future. Without Jesus, life has no purpose, it is a journey filled with misery to an empty final destination. The world around us is filled with people wandering through the dark, searching for something they can’t see. Help them find the light—give them HOPE.