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Guest Post by Dana Bailey…Joyful in Hope!

Posted by Scott on January 29, 2008

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


I read this verse a long time ago and while I really liked it & stuck it to my bathroom mirror to remember, I didn’t completely understand the first phrase, “be joyful in hope”.  The rest of the verse made perfect sense to me, but this first part was a little more difficult.  I felt like it would require more of me possibly than the later two statements.  I understood what it would take to me patent in affliction and faithful in prayer; but joyful in hope?

I began looking up the meaning for the words joyful & hope.  I really like doing this because there are so many times that I think I know what a verse means until I begin to search out the roots of the word.  I found this definition of joy.

  • Joy; “Happiness over an unanticipated or present good.”  

Joy is in the root of rejoicing which is how the Geneva and the King James both translate the Greek text to say.  And here is the definition of hope that I found.

  •  Hope ; “To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.”

So, according to these two definitions I am to be happy or cheerful as I trust in and wait for the Lord to do something outstanding in my life.  That sounds all good and biblical, but not very realistic to me.  If my life is falling apart, how am I to be happy?  How can I be happy that my life is falling apart?  (My life is not falling apart by the way; I just think it is sometimes)  Here is what I have come to realize about this part of the verse.  God NEVER expects me be happy that I am experiencing difficulties.  He’s not even happy that I am experiencing them.  What I am  to be happy or joyful about is…(for the rest of this post click here).  By Dana Bailey

-Scott Bailey 2008


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