"Enduring Hope"

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By: Kristen Sigmon

Romans 5:3-5, “…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (NIV)

What do you do when life gets you down? Something doesn’t go the way you expected it to, and often it seems like more disappointments follow. You bomb your math exam, you have a big fight with your best friend, you find out the guy you like likes someone else. Or maybe something more serious happens, like your grandmother facing a life-threatening illness or hearing your parents argue and fight day after day.

Whatever happens in our lives, we choose how we respond to it. Chuck Colson says, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” That goes for all of us. Essentially, we have two choices of how to respond to life, either as a victim or as a victor.

“Victims” tend to have a pessimistic perspective, getting mad at others or God for their life circumstances or having a “pity party.” They tend to ask God why He let those things happen to them, and they believe that they can do nothing so they wallow in their pain and their bad attitude.

The other option is to be a victor. “Victors” express the emotions they feel about their life circumstances, but rather than getting stuck in their pain and in anger, they ask God what He wants to show them through their circumstances. They have an attitude of thankfulness. They have hope even when their situation seems hopeless. Victors find strength and power in the Lord and choose to overcome difficult circumstances rather than be overcome by them. They have victory because of God.

Life is tough, but the good news is that God is always with us. For those of us who have a personal relationship with God, the best is yet to come. We know this life is not all there is, and one day we will experience eternal life in heaven with God. This is the hope to which we hold, the hope which enables us to have the attitude of a victor!


Dear God, Thank You that You are always with me no matter what I face. Help me to be a victor rather than a victim. Show me the hope I have in You when I difficult circumstances happen in my life. Thank You for Your love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Get to Know Jesus!

Faith: God Can Work It Out, by Stephanie Perry Moore

Live It:

Listen to Natalie Grant’s song
“Our Hope Endures.” (Click Here.)

Search your Bible for verses on hope and endurance. Write down one or two that you can come back to in hard times.
(If you do not have a Bible, read the Bible online at www.biblegateway.com.)

Tell Us About It:

What challenging situations have you faced recently, and how has God helped you through them?

What is a Bible verse that is meaningful to you when you face hard times?

Power Verses:

John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (NIV)

Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (NIV)

© 2009 by Kristen Sigmon. All rights reserved.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Psalm 27:13-14: "I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD." Believing God will come through for me helps me to have hope.

Anonymous Katie said...

Wow, I'm going to save that verse... wow

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