Yesterday, after sharing the above words along with this picture of my dog, Rooney, on Facebook, I started thinking more about the beauty of hope and living life expectantly. This picture adequately reflects the kind of hope I want to possess as I fight the good fight of faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)
I desire a faith and a hope that doesn’t give up, always perseveres, and waits with alert expectation.
The first piece of Scripture I found myself reading this morning is in Romans 5: 1-5
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
A few more verses flooded my heart this morning while thinking about the importance of fighting this fight of faith and keeping a firm grip on this hope we’ve been given.
“Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening…” 1 Samuel 3:10 We show up expectant with ears and hearts ready to receive and to learn.
“I do believe help my unbelief…” Mark 9:24 We show up humbly. We don’t let our doubts and our mustard seed moments of faith keep us from approaching the cross for the answers and the peace that we desperately need and desire.
“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more…” Psalm 71:14-16
We hold on through the dark. Because we know, no matter how painful or senseless life can sometimes feel, this hope of His Glory wraps itself around hearts and minds and points us to the Truth that is bigger…bigger than what our eyes can see and our minds can comprehend. 1 Corinthians 2: 1-16, Isaiah 55: 8-9
Lord, help us to keep our eyes fixed firmly on You today. Help us to position our hearts so we are ready to receive whatever You desire to teach us. Continue to help us to live with a sense of relentless expectation that you are indeed up to something good…something so much bigger than we can fully comprehend.