January 8, 2012
HOPE WEEK 2
“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
I’ve been praying about my hope verse for this week. And just like last week, it was given to me on the first day of the week – Sunday – the Lord’s day!
My devotional says: “Hope in Me, and you will be protected from depression and self-pity. Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens.”
How easy it could be for me to succumb to self-pity and depression. These are “roadblocks” in RDAP. They prevent you from growing and keep you weighed down. That’s why I must rejoice in the hope I have. My prison time does not define me, but it is a part of who I am. And when I do rejoice in the hope of who I am becoming, I am able to be patient through this tribulation because change doesn’t happen overnight and I can not rush this process.
I must keep my hope constantly in Jesus, and remain under this test in a God-honoring manner; not seeking to escape it, but eager to learn the lessons it was sent to teach me.