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Monday, March 13, 2017

True Hope is Found In The Lord

In review of Romans 8:25 it says, “If we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”

Bottom Line:
We hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.

What this means to me:
I can look forward and trust God for something I do not yet have, with perseverance, I wait eagerly for it.

Today’s verse comes from Romans chapter eight. In this chapter, Paul tells us that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because we belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed us from the power of sin that leads to death. He explains that Christ lives within us, so even though our bodies will die because of sin, the Spirit gives us life because we have been made right with God. We were given a hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.) We should be aware and know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

So what I’m reminded of this morning is that there is a difference between hope and optimism. Optimism hopes for the best without a guarantee. In Christ I have a hope that is guaranteed by the past performances of God. My provision is found within His promises. And what God has done in the past He can and will do again.

The bible reminds me that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If God has helped me in the past, He will help me again. If God was with me yesterday, in my greatest hours of desperation, why shouldn’t I believe that He will meet my needs again.

Everyone has problems that are beyond our control and might seem hopeless form a human perspective. But God sees us and He hears our prayers. He is simply waiting for me to call upon His holy name. The biggest tragedy in life is not falling down but staying down. I should not take ownership of my problem so that it ends up consuming and defining me. Persevere, and put my hope in God.