Romans 5 says this: “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:3)
When we know this incredible God, we get to look up at him, whatever circumstances we are in: and we are able to rejoice in Him. This is what we are to rejoice in: not our lives when they are going well, because this can shift and change by the day; but in the hope of the glory of God, which never changes and is always with us.
The word “glory” here just means the name, or the truth of who He is – in the Old Testament, God told Moses that he was going to reveal His glory to him, and He did this by telling him his name, and showing him who He was.
So, we can find hope when we see who God is, and when we begin to get to know who He really is. Then, we find that our picture of who God is becomes bigger than our picture of what is going on in our lives. My hope, my stability, my safe place is found when I look at God, instead of at my ever-changing circumstances.
“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” (Romans 5:3-5)
We can rejoice, whatever we are standing in, because we can keep our eyes above the waves and keep our eyes on Him. This produces hope in us that nothing else can compare to. The more that we know who our God is, the more we can know who we are, and the more we can overcome with Him.
Know that you are seen in the battles that you are in today, and that you are loved more than you can know or imagine.