Week of Prayer and Fasting: Day Three

August 31, 2011 — 1 Comment

Romans 8:16-25

English Standard Version (ESV)

16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 

I love what Paul says here about hope: “Now hope that is seen is not hope.”

What makes hope a powerful and compelling force is that it is not “now” but that it is “not yet.”

If we were living in Heaven now, then what draw would there be to live in Heaven for all eternity?

Hope in something we’ve yet to see and attain is a good thing.

Why?

1)   If you want it, but you’re yet to attain it then you’ll be willing to suffer to get it.

Paul wrote of the sufferings we all endure, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

2)   If you want it, but you’re yet to attain it then you’ll wait for it because you have to.

Paul continues, “19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

3)   If you want it, but you’re yet to attain it then, whether you want to or not, you’ll learn patience while waiting expectantly.

Paul finished, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

I hope you find these thoughts on hope helpful today.

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One response to Week of Prayer and Fasting: Day Three

  1. 

    It’s the patience part I find difficult. Thank you for each day of your week. I have appreciated these blog posts. Blessings Clella

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