Be Joyful, Be Patient, Be Faithful

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

Often when I turn to the Bible, to devotionals, or to other Christian writings or even music, I find myself drawn to verses that give hope, let me know that I’m not alone if I have faith in God. I do not turn to the Bible to dictate the morals I need to live by day-to-day, because I personally believe the Bible was inspired too much by the culture of its time for this. Rather, I look to the Bible for guidance in my spirutal life and my relationship with God. This verse speaks to this relationship and to how we as humans need to invest in it.

Be joyful in hope. Often, I find myself taking up the Bible and generally investing in my relationship with God only when I’m suffering. This verse calls upon us to also share in God as we have hope, and to be thankful to God for the works He does. This does not mean we need to praise God for every ounce of food we eat. In fact, praying for food has too much of a ritualistic connotation for me, as I was required to participate in it in school as a non-religious child. Rather, we need to be appreciative in our hearts, which God knows.

Be patient in affliction. Many people often wonder when their suffering will finally pass. This verse asks us to be patient while God meets our needs eventually. Often I and many others find ourselves falling into the trap of demanding instant gratification. However, other people are not required to fulfill our every wish, and, while God may possess some kind of magic wand, He is certainly not supposed to wave it whenever we think we need Him to.

Be faithful in prayer. God knows our needs, and He cares. Remember, needs are not wants, and we need to be patient for God to meet our true needs eventually. Being faithful in prayer means trusting God to take care of us when we’re having a hard time, and also being thankful for His caring when we’re doing well.

This verse, exept for the words on prayer, actually also speaks to non-Christians. If you believe in some other deity or spiritual figure, or even if you’re an atheist, you still need to be appreciative of what you have when you’re faring well, and patient for time to pass when you’re not.

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4 thoughts on “Be Joyful, Be Patient, Be Faithful

  1. As a person without an actual religion, but also not an atheist, I find my strength in family and in people. I can appreciate your views quite a bit and know as we are all part of the same human race that we can, will, and should depend on one another for strength, fellowship, and kindness more than just in our times of need.

    With that being said, I do read allot of christian writing because it reminds me that no matter who we add we all need hope. This was very nicely written and I have been enjoying your blog probably more than I should. Keep up the great work.

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    1. I am not sure I fully understand your comment, but it is very much appreciated. I had an atheist upbringing, then became spiritual and was eventually drawn to the Bible for guidance. I am also not a big fan of the rigid norms of organized religion, icluding Christianity.

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      1. I suppose what I was trying to say was I like the way you write. Even though I may not agree with the message I can appreciate people who find comfort in the bible. I wasn’t trying to be negative and hope you didn’t take it that way. Please don’t take me wrong.

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  2. Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂

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