In one short verse, Paul encourages us to do three things.
Rejoice in hope.
We know what we’ve been given and forgiven.
We know what awaits us.
We know it’s a sure thing.
Don’t take it for granted or push to a corner of your attention.
Be patient in tribulation.
The hard times will come. Or they are here.
Affliction, trouble, testing.
Endure, hang on and watch for the reinforcements.
Watch for the redemption in the midst.
Be constant in prayer.
Constant is steadfast. Devoted.
It is the very breath of our life.
Don’t get discouraged when the answer doesn’t come instantly.
Hang in there.
Three little, not-so-little, things.
How much will change if we do them?