Yet this leader saw something in me. He noticed, asked, and most importantly, listened. I watched him closely. He genuinely cared about my family and me, focusing on how these trials affected my spiritual walk and development. He then acted, ensuring the situation was professionally addressed.
I’ve since forgotten many details of that painful time but vividly recall that leader, communicating hope beyond my suffering. God gently reminded me of Paul’s words to the church at Rome: “…but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).
God reminds us that Scripture contains His timeless wisdom for us during our faith journeys. In Romans 5:1-5, Paul wrote of what can be gained through trial and adversity, speaking to the pain, trauma and suffering Christians endure for their faith. Rather than expressing sympathy, he demonstrated empathy.
He encouraged believers to embrace the circumstances of suffering, for this gives us the opportunity to persevere. Perseverance tests one’s mettle; it forges and refines character. When based on godly values, character generates hope. This hope allows the Christian to look beyond immanent circumstance to transcendent life in Christ. For the Christian warrior who leads others in the profession of arms, this “living hope” is the bedrock of effective servant leadership.