Romans chapter 5 is very challenging for me. I rarely rejoice when I run into trials and problems; I wonder if something is wrong. Maybe I’ve gotten myself off track or become lax in an area. Surely if I’m running into problems and trials I must be out of God’s will, right? Not necessarily.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
In Romans 5, Paul doesn’t say IF you run into problems and trials, he says WHEN. No one gets through life without encountering difficulties. But he does say that there is a purpose to them and that’s what I try to remind myself. Leaning on Jesus as we work through our problems helps us develop endurance. Endurance leads to strength of character and that character strengthens our hope of salvation. There’s not anything that happens in our lives that God can’t use for our benefit.
The hope that we place in Jesus will not lead to disappointment. He is with us to lead and guide us through the darkest valleys and roughest mountains. His strength is available when ours runs out. He will not fail us.
I needed that reminder today. I am loved and God has a purpose for everything that comes my way. If you belong to Jesus, that’s true for you too. Building endurance, strength of character and confident hope takes time and effort, but the results are worth it.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach