Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 12:12
“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,” – Romans 12:12
One thing we can honestly say is that these are difficult times. Look at everything that is going on today. We have a pandemic that is causing havoc throughout our world. People living in fear that they may be infected by the coronavirus and lose their lives. We have factions of government that are looking to take advantage of this situation to advance their agendas, and some for their own personal advantage. The economies of many nations are being destroyed because businesses have shut down in order to lessen the impact this virus has on people.
Crime is increasing as well with people getting desperate over the financial troubles they are experiencing, along with many in prisons being released and returning to the crimes they were originally imprisoned for. Also, many are concerned about what the future holds for them. Will they have a job? Will they be able to pay their bills? Will they lose their homes due to defaulting on their mortgages or rental agreements?
These are tough questions. When I see the news and listen to what people are saying, fear is running rampant within many areas of society. Especially within the lower and midrange income populations. But we need to remember that God is with us, and He will watch over us. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4. And, “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you, do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13. Both verses share a wonderful truth. No matter what we are experiencing, God is with us, helping us and will bring us through. He will never give us a promise He will not keep.
We all will go through trials of one sort or another, and this pandemic is just one of many though more difficult than most. However, our focus verse is perfect in outlining how we need to push through to the other side. First, we must rejoice in hope. We must remember that hope is not what we wish for, but what we know will happen (See Hebrews 1:1). Because we know God will deliver us from any struggle or trial based on the two verses above, as well as many others, we can rejoice in this hope. He will be with us through it all as He has promised us He would. All we need do is trust, believe, and wait for His promise of assistance.
And because we know He is faithful and will be with us, we can persevere through any trial we may encounter. It may last an hour, day, week or more. However, we can be assured that God is beside us all the way from start to finish. “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
And lastly, we must be devoted to prayer. We must be in a constant attitude of prayer, not closing our spirit to speaking to Him, or hearing from Him. It is important that prayer be the major tool we use when trials come, fervently praying knowing He hears us, loves us, and will answer us. Spending time in fellowship with Him will do much to ease our anxiety and bring the peace we so desperately need.
God loves each one of us. He desires the best for us, knows what is best, and will bring it to pass. What we need to do is trust Him in everything. God has promised us a wonderful future, and it cannot be thwarted. We must rejoice that this promise of a glorious future is sure. We must persevere through these times knowing we are not alone, that He is with us, and we must keep in prayer, not only asking for help, but for solace and strength as well. There is no better way to be at peace in any situation than to trust God.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.