Our Hope is Confirmed During Trials

If you are going through a trial and being continually pounded by doubt, always remember that God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5.9. It is by this knowledge that we can encourage one another. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing, 5.11.

I think Paul expounds on this in Romans 8. Shortly after the writing of this epistle, the Roman Christians would endure intense persecution. What is written in 8.31-39 would serve as a tremendous source of encouragement for Christians of all time. During trials of any sort, remember that:

  • If God is for us, who can be against us?, 8.31.
  • God has declared us righteous, 8.32-33.
  • Jesus is interceding for us, 8.34-35.Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
  • We will be more than conquerors, 8.37.

Trials have a way of strengthening our hope. When we have the right attitude, they can make our hope brighter, because through them we can see the steady and secure hand of God.

While passing through the sea of life, our boat may be rocked by trial, temptation, and sin. But, no matter what happens, we know God loves us and will protect us. He never leaves our side! Even if we lose everything in this life, we still have our hope! No one in this life can take that away. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, Romans 8.38-39. Even during the Old Testament time, those who had fully given themselves to God lived with a confident hope. 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.  One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

— Psalm 27.1-6.

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