1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Isn't it interesting how God works through our lives? There are so many incredible truths in the bible, the one above being one of the most difficult because we can only learn it by experience - and that experience is not always fun. Do you thank God for your hard times? Until the last few years, I don't think I thanked Him, but I do now because it is only through the trials that our faith will grow. No pain, no gain!
A dear friend and I were discussing this very thing last night. How interesting that the verse came up in my reading today. God is good. Without Him, I am truly nothing. He is my light, my strength , my song. I can't believe that it has taken me 38 years to really grasp the concept. Oh, the dangers of being a self-sufficient, educated individual!
I'm going to leave with this today because I'm running out of time and will be away from the computer all day. I decided last night (or maybe it was this morning at 12:15am) that my "theme" for the year - I've never done this but I know others that do - is going to be "In Christ Alone". One of my favorite contemporary Christian bands, Phillips Craig & Dean, includes these verses in a medley of "In Christ Alone" and they will be my focus this year:
In Christ alone I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory let it be said of me
My source of strength, my source of hope
Is Christ alone.
Have a blessed day!