Romans 5:2-5 (NIV)
“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Nobody is good at waiting. Nobody enjoys waiting. It may seem dramatic to think of waiting as suffering, but it is. The word translated as “suffering” is the greek word Thlipsis which means “a pressing, pressure.” Waiting certainly produces that feeling of being pressed in on. There is no level of holiness you reach where you just decide that you love waiting for things. Don’t lose hope.

from the February Bridge Box bible study

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