I have been spending every bit of energy hoping for our child-to-be. Then, the post of another blogger also awaiting news from Uganda reminded me of what hope really is. HOPE, in everyday conversation, relates to things for which we do not know the outcome, i.e., “I hope it snows tomorrow.”
But when we HOPE, in Christianity, we know the outcome. In Christianity, HOPE is anything BUT uncertainty. Hope is being CERTAIN of those things for which we see no evidence.
Here is an excerpt from the blog that reminded me how to have faith. Not faith that things will go how I planned or dictate, but faith that God is lovingly orchestrating a story that will allow those who love Him to see His beauty, glory, & might. Be sure to check the whole post out here.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2
The ancients were commended for a faith that was sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. My faith, in contrast, had ever so subtly shifted from certainty in what I do not see to dependence upon the visible evidence of His control, goodness, love and power in my immediate circumstances. The uncertainty of my circumstances has rocked my world because my hope began to direct itself toward the visible, tangible experiences of His Kingdom rather than the “unalterably sure” promises of God’s redemptive plan, as Geerhardus Vos puts it.
The “ancients” believed in this Redeemer and God’s plan to make all things new, even as they sat enslaved, imprisoned, discouraged, defeated and running after their own efforts of fulfilling God’s promises for Him. Think about how disoriented Jesus’ own disciples were at the time of His death because their hope had been in the immediate rather than in the ultimate redemption of all things. Looking back in Biblical history, the story isn’t of each person’s circumstances demonstrating success, victory and power, but of God’s Kingdom moving from death to resurrection, consistently and progressively, even if not yet fully realized in any one of these believer’s lifetime.