You may remember, this is my current verse for the 2009 Scripture Memory Challenge, so I've been thinking on it for quite a few days. I love passages like this one. Practical application, spoken simply yet beautifully. The longer I think on this verse, the more I see just what an all-encompassing challenge it presents to us as believers.
Phil Ware of Heartlight offers these brief thoughts on Romans 12:12:
Sometimes the key to survival is simply "setting our jaw" and going on faithfully trusting that God is there helping us, despite the apparent and outward circumstances. Choosing joy through hope rather than despair, choosing patient endurance in times of affliction, and choosing faithfulness in prayer are all decisions of the will trusting that the God who raised Jesus from the dead can also change our circumstances because he hears our voice.
Create in me, O Mighty God, a resolute and steadfast heart so that I might persevere with joy no matter what the difficulty. This I ask in the name of your faithful Son. Amen.