Day 8: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Rev. Sela Finau
Scripture: through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Romans 5:2-4 NRSV)
Devotion: Lent is a season that invites us to reflect on our own sufferings and how they have shaped us. It is a time to acknowledge the difficult circumstances that we have faced and to trust in God’s faithfulness. When we trust in God, we can find hope even in the midst of our pain.
No matter what challenges we face in life, we can find comfort in knowing that God is in control. Even if we lose our job, become ill, experience a natural disaster, or find ourselves in a mess of our own doing, God is still with us. Lent reminds us to persevere through our suffering and build character and hope amid our struggles.
As we reflect on our own sufferings during this Lenten season, let us remember that our hope is built on trust in God. Let us ask God to plant new hope in our hearts and to help us persevere through whatever challenges we may face. May we find comfort in knowing that our suffering produces perseverance, character, and, ultimately, hope in the glory of God.
Prayer: Dear God, life is not easy. Please help us to continue trusting in you. Please help us to grow through this process and all those who suffer a change in their life plan. Give us the strength and courage to continue hoping. Amen.