Consider the troubles you are going through now and how they compare to the final outcome. Remember what the Word of God speaks about tribulations, distress, suffering, and trials in John and in James where we learn that “In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering” and “Consider it nothing but joy, …, whenever you fall into various trials“. Don’t stop at the problem statement as we need to keep reading to understand the outcome and the hope we can have in the midst of the tribulations, distress, suffering, and trials, so let’s read the rest of the story:
Let’s understand and set expectations for the outcome:
‘Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. ‘James 1:2-4
‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]’John 16:33
So let’s be looking at the now through the perspective of the end. Firstly, let’s consider it nothing but joy because we know that God is in and working through this time of tribulation and distress and suffering! Finally, let’s take heart by being “courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world. [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]” when we face “tribulation and distress and suffering“!
Firstly, let’s be the dads who look at things from the final outcome perspective because we know God is greater than our problems. Secondly, let’s be the dads who consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us! Finally, let’s be the dads who choose to live our lives to the fullest with the joy of the Lord as our strength!
So how can we apply today’s verse of the day towards focusing on the outcomes and becoming the dads God needs and desires for us to be?
Applications of Romans 8:18 towards becoming the dads God needs and desires for us to be by living with perspective:
- Embrace hardship: See challenges as opportunities for growth and trust in God’s plan.
- Stay hopeful: Maintain a positive outlook, knowing that present difficulties will lead to future blessings.
- Lead by example: Demonstrate resilience and faith in God, inspiring your children to do the same.
- Prioritize spiritual growth: Seek a deeper relationship with God, allowing His wisdom to guide your fatherhood.
- Cultivate gratitude: Appreciate the blessings in your life, fostering a spirit of contentment and thankfulness.
- Teach perseverance: Instill in your children the value of persistence and determination in the face of adversity.
- Foster resilience: Equip your children with the ability to bounce back from setbacks, knowing that God is with them.
- Demonstrate empathy: Show compassion and understanding toward your children, teaching them to do the same.
- Be present and engaged: Invest time and attention in your children, building a strong and nurturing relationship.
- Pray for guidance: Seek God’s wisdom and guidance in your parenting journey, trusting Him to lead you in the right direction.