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"Rejoicing in hope," Romans 12:12

  Romans 12:12

  As we stand at the door of a new year, and as we greet each other with "Happy New Year", we should remember the Christian's privilege of "rejoicing in hope." No matter how sad the circumstances may be in a person's life, there is abundant reason for joy if one is at peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the troubles of life, we are prone to depression or despair because of our sense of being overwhelmed or deeply disappointed. Many hearts are filled with sorrow and grief due to physical illness or injury, financial woes, family tensions, deaths of loved ones, hostile enemies, imprisonment, etc. At such times the greeting "Happy New Year" may seem untimely and inconsiderate. But no matter what sorrowful circumstances a Christian may be facing, there is more than sufficient reason for "rejoicing in hope." In the Bible, hope is not something uncertain; rather it is a good which is certain because promised, but not yet fulfilled. The Christian is to live a life of anticipation of the good things to come which God, who cannot lie, has promised. There can be no hope or joyful anticipation if there is not first of all faith in the truth of the promise. It is faith that produces anticipation and it is anticipation or hope which produces joy. This anticipation is joyful because it is patient. It waits patiently for the time God has ordained to fulfill the promises He has made. Some of these promises pertain to blessings He will give in this age; many of His promises pertain to the coming age, the eternal state. These promises are of infinte worth. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us." "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." A Christian does not sorrow "as others who have no hope." A truly happy new year involves "rejoicing in hope."




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