3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5: 3-5
Being a farmer, it might be said that I am very experienced at hope, we plant the seed, place the fertilizer, spray the herbicides and pesticides and hope for favorable weather. Timely rains, but not to much, and no storms that produce hail or high wind, and during harvest we hope for dry weather to assure that the crop can be harvested; and pleasant temperatures, warm enough to encourage growth but not too hot or too cold especially during pollination and other critical times.
And just as in our verse today, our hope does not put us to shame, God’s love, provides us with good seed which produces hardy plants able to withstand the weather, good and bad and provide us with a bountiful harvest.
This year is a good example as for our area we experienced a drought and even though the harvest was less than what we normally would have produce, God blessed us with sufficient harvest to meet our expenses and produce enough to feed our livestock.
As farmers we are blessed to have hope, just as Christians are blessed to have a hope that does not put us to shame, a hope that is placed in us through the Holy Spirit and that is nurtured through suffering, endurance and character.
We Pray: Holy Father, thank you for giving us hope to see the greater mission, the saving grace of the forgiveness of sins through Your Son, Jesus. In Jesus name we ask. Amen
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