Faith, Hope and Joy! Count Down day 15

 Faith, Hope and Joy! Count Down Day 15

In three of my favorite versions of the Bible, the titles of Romans 5 are as follows; Faith Triumphs in Trouble, Faith and Hope, and Faith Brings Joy.

'Faith is trusting in a great big God who can move mountains, calm seas and take care of us, sure that’s the song I love to sing' my daughter taught it to me years ago after a Vacation Bible Day Camp. It is a fun song, but more than that it is the truth I try to live each day. I sometimes fail. I am human after all. 

I try to trust God but there are life things that get in the way, and I begin to feel small, unable to accomplish a task or unworthy of it. Then I am not trusting God to do it with me, or for me even. Faith does triumph in troubles, like when we have to cry out to God to fix problems that are out of our reach.  

And faith and hope come together so that the trusting part gives is hope for the help or answer to come when it is needed. The best thing that happens is when faith brings joy! When we see that our faith in God to complete a task, or to show us the truth of a thing and then it is right there happening; such unspeakable joy can envelope our heart and mind. I think that when the shepherds saw the angels, and were so afraid that faith triumphed over that fear because they left the field and went to see what the angels were talking about. They hoped it was true and when they got there and saw the babe just as they had been told, lying in a manger bed, they were of such joy! Joy to the World! That song we sing at Christmas tells us the story. Read the scriptures below and think about what great faith, hope and joy brought them to a place of peace.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a [d]manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men Luke 2:8-14

That same faith to see the truth, is the faith in Christ the Savior, our Savior. When we accept the fact that Jesus is real, and want Him to be our Lord, then we are made righteous before God by faith. The Word tells us this below!

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.          Romans 5:1-5

Trust Him to lead you and help  you grow through all you go through-- in His love,

Teresa Wilon