Stuck on repeat…

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

On repeat in my head and my heart today only to be followed by my favorite declaration… 

Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5 NET

Who wants to suffer in any form… I doubt I would see many getting in that line to volunteer… It’s just a fact of life unfortunately. Everyone’s lot is different and one persons lot may vary over a lifetime. I think the important part is what do you do with what you have been given? How do you play the cards you were dealt for lack of a better more creative analogy… I think we all struggle with this at one time or another, or at least us mere humans do. 

If we look a little closer at verse 3 a little gem we find that Paul likes to throw in his writing is the ‘also’ factor or the ‘not only so’ factor. We finds this when we read of the Lord’s goodness and abundance to his people, we can find plenty of “also’s” and in “not only so’s, can’t we?  Paul has said enough already but decides to go further despite already reminding us of the joy of hope in God’s glory, he says, “And not only so.” We have something in our possession a gift, a promise, as well as something to hope for; we have a present glory as well as glory laid up in store: “And not only so,”—