This is a pretty powerful quote. And when you stop to think about it for a minute, it is amazing to think about all of the people in the Bible this rang true for:
-Abraham and Sarah
And so many others!
Their trials made them reliant on God alone. Their hope was found in God alone. They had faith that God would intervene, even if it seemed impossible.
And when God not only intervened, but changed their lives beyond their wildest dreams, they had insurmountable joy! Abraham and Sarah not only had a son, but founded a whole new nation. Esther not only saved her own life, but the lives of all of her people. And Ruth was loved and provided for in a way she could have never dreamed of!
This principle rings true in the lives of the New Hope heroes as well.
Nico, our oldest hero, recently reflected on all that had changed in his life in the past 7 years.... he went from living in a landfill, eating scraps out of the trash, to living in a loving home, graduating high school and participating in an internship that is teaching him to farm in the deserted region of Lodwar, Kenya. He is so excited to go back and provide food for his community, so other children don't have to face starvation and extreme poverty like he did when he was young.
God not only brought him through these extreme trials, but allowed him to do thing he could have never imagined. And as a result, Nico has true joy.
So if you are in the midst of trials that are overwhelming, hold onto the truth that is found in these stories of true joy. God not only has done this in the Bible... God does it today!
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