We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 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. Rom. 5:3-5 (NLT)
Dear heavenly Father, multiple difficulties + waiting is an equation that often results in wrong thinking and poor choices. My heart goes out today to friends whose trials seem to be increasing, in both frequency and intensity. When this happens, it’s hard not to conclude either something is wrong with us, for which it’s “cosmic payback time,” or, something is wrong with you—you’re choosing not to be merciful and mighty on our behalf.
Thus, these words from Paul come as mind-balm and heart-salve. Just when we start heading into a downward cycle of either self-contempt or heavenward railing, you send your Word, and grant us much needed perspective. Thank you, Father, thank you. Though you don’t promise to explain the reasons for our extended seasons of problems and trials, you do promise us a hope that will not disappoint us, and a greater experience of your love.
Father, it seems to me that it’s your love that makes this hope palpable, so I beseech you; please pour fresh and copious amounts of your love into the hearts of my friends who are tired and weary, spent and used up, vulnerable and easy targets for the lies of the enemy. By your Holy Spirit, give them a supernatural sense of your hand and heart at work. Instead of feeling abandoned, may they sense their adoption—the reality of their being your beloved children. Turn their cries of “Why me Lord?” into “Abba, Father.”
I’m enough of a rescuer, Father, that if you gave me a magic wand, I’d simply try to relieve the pain and change their circumstances. But you’re promising something much better than relief; you have promised yourself. May it be, Lord, may it be. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus mercy-full and grace-full name.