3And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. -- Romans 5:3-4 NKJV
Part of my daily Bible reading (actually from our church's Concert of Prayer) today included the above verses. I could not help but think of some who are dear to my heart and who are going through some difficult times right now. Situations such as these force us to ask the age-old question "Why do the righteous suffer?". While I do not profess to have all the answers to this sage question, I do believe the above Scripture can shed some light in this particular situation. GOD can and does build our faith -- our life, through difficulties and tribulations. We do not suffer through these times alone or without cause -- JESUS is there with us. HIS SPIRIT never leaves us. What we must practice is drawing closer to HIM, hearing HIS still small voice, being attentive to HIS leading, and being that hope (remember hope is an assurance and looking forward to what is to come) for others.
I believe in this particular situation, GOD will use these Christians to bring HIS message of hope to a family who will take notice of the way these Christians undergo tribulation.
May we each be that same living hope!