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Hope for the Week: Tribulations pave way for hope
Pastor Heinrich LourensPhoto: Supplied

Past. Heinrich Lourens, CRC Welkom:

There is the story of the farmer’s donkey that had fallen into a well. The farmer could not get the animal out. He decided the animal was old and the well needed to be filled up.

He invited his neighbours to help him to fill the hole.

The farmer was astonished to see that the donkey was shaking off the dirt being shovelled in and stepping up on top of it. The shovelling continued until the donkey stepped up over the edge of the hole and trotted off.

Going into 2020, I believe all of us had specific dreams, goals and ambitions we wanted to achieve this year. But after 25 weeks of lockdown, you find yourself in a pit of despair facing shutdown, retrenchment, sickness, or even the loss of a loved one.

Paul writes to the church in Rome: And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.(Romans 5:3-5)

We sometimes find that our road to hope can be disguised in shovels of tribulation, fear and hopelessness.

However, you can find courage in the fact that the One who made you and called you by name has not been caught off guard by the pandemic. He promises that all things will work out for good to those who love Him and are called to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

You will come out of lockdown with perseverance, a refined character and an unfailing hope.

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