Romans 12:12: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

By Coach Aaron Yoder

Today is another great day to be thankful for! I believe that one of the great gifts that God gives is life. It is a gift we often take for granted, but one we should appreciate.  We should really be excited about another gift to live out today.  In the scripture selection today we read about hope which should be expressed in joyful anticipation of what is to come.  Each day is a new gift and a new adventure. Are you taking time to commit each day joyfully to Christ?

The title of this brief devotional is "Gratitude." In this season, especially as we prepare to celebrate the birth of God's only son, Jesus Christ, I know I am grateful for Him. He is our eternal hope and joy.  We also read in Romans 12:12 about the patience we should have in our hardships and hurts and afflictions.  When we commit our way to Him, God gives us all the grace we need to survive our suffering but also to thrive in our success. 

Lastly we read about prayer in the 12th verse of Romans 12, "Be faithful in prayer."  As we experience affliction (we all experience it) we must remain faithful in prayer.  In this world that pulls us in every direction daily, we also need to pray that God will direct our steps.  He hears us, but are you taking the time to have a conversation with Him, to ask Him for direction, to commit your way to Him joyfully?

We have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas season. We have the gift of life. We have the promise of eternal hope and joy. We have a God who waits for us to seek Him and when we do, we have a guide and a shepherd who will never leave us.

Reflection Questions

1.) What can you be thankful for in this season?

2.) What hardships or afflictions are you going through?

3.) Have you prayed in thankfulness for the things hoped for and in patient supplication for grace in the struggles?