Hope will rise

And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  Rom. 5:4-5

Instant gratification cannot develop hope any more than bodybuilders just wake up with muscles. How we respond to life’s disappointments, and even betrayals, can build spiritual strength. Hope will rise as we wait upon the Lord and choose to acknowledge and enjoy His present blessings in the midst of pain and unresolved issues.

Lord, build my endurance when all I want is relief; strengthen my character when all I want is comfort; develop my hope when I just want to sink into bitterness and despair.