“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5
2020 has been an unexpected year, to say the least. COVID-19 is still in full swing, and the current cultural climate is tense. Not to mention, everyone has their own personal problems and trials. It is easy to feel hopeless.
But there is good news! No matter what you are facing, there is a reason for hopeful living. It’s a hope that does not disappoint; it’s a hope that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the Savior we all need and long for.
Jesus offers us access to God, and as a result, we can “exult in the hope of the glory of God” (vs 2). To exult means to feel or show triumphant joy, to celebrate. Now, I know we are missed out on the summer Olympics this year, but think back to previous years. Remember when your favorite athlete or your country won a gold medal? There was an excitement, a joy, an exultation in their celebration. We share in the pride and joy of their gold medal win!
Now, think about stepping over into heaven and seeing Jesus face to face. Can you imagine a greater celebration than that? This exultation in Jesus is central to hope. Let us never forget the glory of God in store for those who choose to put their faith in Him. It’s not just the promise of heaven, not just knowing Christ face to face, but even new heavenly bodies as we reign in power with Christ. It will be an exultation like no other!
If you’re close to giving up, if the trials feel too overwhelming, then look to Jesus. Jesus persevered through incredible trials, demonstrating hope even in a moment of great despair. He did this because He trusted in His Father. He knew God’s glory awaited Him (Matt. 26:39). We, too, can live in hope because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Because of His life, death, and resurrection, we can be made right with God and receive the power of His Spirit – and one day see Him face to face.
No matter how difficult your circumstances, how deep your sufferings, disappointments, failures, or stress, all these trials are temporary. Hope in God’s glory, however, is an eternal reward promised to you in Christ.