Taking our theme verse for these 21 Days of Prayer, Romans 12:12 (the R12 that is on our Pray It Forward wrist band), I’ve been thinking a lot about the command to ‘persevere in tribulation.’ Like a musical triplet, this verse of scripture combines three simple but profound commands to give us a rhythm for living our lives as sacrifices of praise to God. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” In between hopeful rejoicing and constant praying we’ve got the tough reality of tribulation. Rejoicing and prayer enables us to be patient in tribulation.
The word waiting comes to mind when it comes to being patient. There is always something that we are waiting for. In the case of tribulation, we are waiting for it to go away or resolve. Often we’re waiting for things we desire and do not have. I find myself often waiting for things to get better or get easier. When you’ve been waiting a long time, it’s easy to give up. But hope is what keeps us holding on.
The themes of hope, rejoicing and waiting coincide in a lovely song written down in Psalm 33:20-21.
“We wait in hope for the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice for we trust in his holy name.”
Waiting has been the hardest part for me during these long three years between senior pastors. Yet it is in the waiting that God is teaching me what is most important to him. Trusting. I rejoice because I trust in his holy name. I hope because I trust in his holy name. “Without faith,” the scriptures tell us, “it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is what pleases God. Not only am I saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but I’m called to live by faith (2 Cor. 5:7).
Could it be that this season of waiting is nearly over? I praise God for each one of you who have demonstrated persevering faith, carrying on, trusting, serving, loving, rejoicing, hoping and praying as you have patiently waited for a new day to dawn at Trinity Church. Your faithfulness has been a constant encouragement over the last few years. The Lord’s faithfulness and unfailing love has carried us all.
Join me in praying this lovely prayer for us, the Trinity Church family as we anticipate the future together and declare where our hope rests.
“May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:22).
Pastor of Worship Ministries
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