My husband’s business suffered tremendously during the housing collapse years ago. Many of our clients closed their businesses and to this day are still feeling the ramifications of that time period. We had friends devastated by the financial pressures and several lost their homes. We, too, felt pressed on every side. You know those sleepless nights where you walk the floor crying out to God and wondering what in the world is going on. We cried out to the Lord but felt no relief from the stress of what the future held for us. In the early morning hours as I sat in the living room the Lord led me to the book of Romans.

Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

I am not sure if it was the simplistic confidence I found in verse one or the hope I sensed in verses three through five, but for the first time in a long time I was able to sense hope.

I was smack dab in the middle of an endurance test. Did I really believe what God said in His word? If I did, then I had to trust the God of this process.

God promises in these verses that if I would continue to put one foot in front of the other and not give up, then He would develop His character in me. As His character was being formed then hope would be restored to my heart. The kind of hope that lets you breathe deep again, lifts your head up and allows you to see clearly, and most of all, dream again, believe again.

We are all familiar with disappointment. This word disappoint can be broken down to “dis” and “appointment”. “Dis” means to “miss out”. When we are disappointed we miss out on the appointment. But, God’s promise is that we would not be disappointed. If I would steady the course and not give up God promised to make sure that I would not miss any of the appointments that He had designed for my life.

So, be encouraged today. You are not alone in your in difficulties. If you cling to God in the middle of the storm, He will make sure that you do not miss any appointments He has designed for you.