This week I have continued to reflect on what it means to rejoice in hope. Is it possible to rejoice even when I am feeling hopeless? The apostle Paul says it is.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 ESV)
You and I can rejoice in times of suffering because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. In fact, I believe in our darkest hours, the Holy Spirit empowers us not to just endure but to hope and to keep on rejoicing!
G.K. Chesterton is quoted as saying, “Joy…is the gigantic secret of the Christian.” Who are we going to share our gigantic secret with?