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Future Hope

August 17, 2011

Romans 8:24-25

For in this hope we were saved.

But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?  

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

God wants us to live our life with hope.  A future hope like the hope we found in God, through Christ, by grace for eternal salvation. 

It is this kind of  hope that we can live our life with every day.  A question rises up in my heart.  Am I truly living with future hope?  Is this kind of hope present in my daily life?  A future hope – not only for the beautiful and priceless gift of salvation but also daily keeping my hope in God as I hope for what I don’t have. 

Hope in God, through Christ, by grace.  Not in something or someone else.  Hope not found in the things I am hoping for but a hope truly and entirely in God.

“but if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

Wait.  Its definition might not be what we expected:  To face delay with an attitude of watchfulness and expectancy; to be ready (prepared for action).

Three good things to remember while we to wait (prepare) and hope for what we don’t have yet:

(1)   Persevere: Don’t give up

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Waiting (the delay) is the hardest part.  The delay can be just because a lot of time has passed.  Or it can seem that the delay in what we are hoping for is being caused by trials, resistance and difficulty.  During the delay I have found that it is good to be watchful and on guard against temptation and discouragement.  Perseverance can make us tired.  A weary heart is vulnerable to both temptation and discouragement.  But we need to hold on unswervingly to our hope.  It might not come in our time, but if our hope is truly in God then we can be confident that He who promised is faithful.  It makes it a lot harder for God to give us what we are hoping for if we quit.  

Romans 5:4 Perseverance(produces) character; and character (produces) hope.

In the midst of perseverance it can be easy to start doubting whether or not God really wants us to have what our heart is hoping for.  We can begin to believe that the delay must be God’s way of saying it’s not for us.  But its good to remember that God enjoys giving good gifts to His children and like the perfect father that He is, He knows that there is always purpose in the delay.  Perseverance produces character.  The delay is actually preparing us to be ready for that which we are hoping for.  Character ultimately produces hope. 

(2)   Stewardship

Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

While we are hoping for what we don’t have we need to take care of what we do have. 

(3)   Believe. Faith. Trust.

Psalm 25:1 In you, LORD my God, I put my trust

Although we have a part to play when we partner with God in preparation for the things we hope for.  It’s going to take far more than our perseverance and stewardship abilities to get us there.  God has the bigger role.  Our hope in found in Him, through Christ, by grace – and ultimately that is where are heart and mind must find rest.  Believe and trust in God.

Proverbs 23:18 There is surely a future hope for you and your hope will not be cut off.

God’s hope for us in never limited by our ability to have hope for ourselves.  When we are void of hope and faith He remains faithful.  Even at times when we may feel hopeless – God always has a future hope for us and our hope when found in Him will never be cut off!

 

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  1. August 19, 2011 11:26 pm

    Danise, I agree with you, that with everything we do, it is our hope and expectation in God that is the important thing. We can prepare and work on where we want to be, but it is God who prospers us. David said “I was young and now I’m old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken. We must believe and trust in God. If you do not believe you should not expect to receive anything from God. We would be just wondering around in the wilderness without belief.

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