Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5: 5

 

When we become totally and completely committed to something or to someone there exists a very real element of risk. For commitment should lead to an open proclamation of the relationship and the deliberate exclusion of contradictory ones; thus, it also puts us in a position where that decision is open to scrutiny and to question. As regards this aspect of life we are on public display and we are open to being challenged and questioned on the validity of that decision.

 

When we have placed our hope in the new car that we have purchased, we are guaranteed that there will be disappointment as it ages and its parts start to fail. When that hope is liked to our portfolio of stocks and other investments, well, maybe yours are doing better than mine; if so, do you have any tips for me? Our broken nature as people makes it certain that hope that is founded in human relationships will be tested and will disappoint. It seems that any time we creatures turn to the created as the foundation and the source of our hope we experience the sense of shame that is caused by disappointment, heartbreak and loss. This is the natural and the inevitable result of turning to that which is more readily understood and grasped, that is the creation, rather than surrendering our selves to the seemingly unknowable God, the Creator.

 

Yet, it is in and through this act of surrender that we become known. In Christ our true selves are revealed. A commitment to God is singular in the entire universe in that it is effected through a contract that was executed by another, by God Himself, paid for by Christ alone, and carried out through the on going actions of the Holy Spirit. The cure for the brokenness of all of creation is found in Christ; yet, God does not ask most of creation to respond to the great question of acceptance and surrender. That opportunity to risk all yet to gain everything through commitment to Christ is something that He grants only to the pinnacle of His creation. For it seems that God desires to pour His love out upon humanity; so, He seeks the opportunity to flood our hearts with His unbounded love. As we hope in Christ, His Spirit fills us with the love of God that sustains us through everything that we will encounter. It is this love that heals us and that makes us God’s agents of healing in the rest of creation.

Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given us.

Romans 5: 5

 

People need hope. It is the objective or the anticipated results that can start our day and keep our feet moving forward through out it. Our hearts hope for love, peace, and contentment; then, our minds draw a picture of what that might look like. Life’s harder times are redeemed by the hope that there is better to come. Yet, hope in the tangible world and in its system of rewards and the treasure that it promises can be brutally deceptive. The rules of this world’s game are written in sand, and its payoff is tendered in decaying currency. So, where is my hope to come from?

 

When I hope in Christ there is permanence to the desire. This does not come about due to any strength of will or character that I possess. Instead, it is the direct result of God’s total faithfulness and absolute loving care. In the earliest days of humanity’s history God granted his creation the hope of salvation and of restoration through the promise of the coming of Christ. Not only did God follow through with that promise, but He continues to seek after all of humanity with His gift of grace and its outworking in restoration of relationship with our Creator.

 

Thus, hoping in Christ will never cause us to experience true shame. This world may attempt to cast that faith as futile, weak, or to ridicule it and us in other ways, but these words are the mutterings of the deceived. Our culture may cast followers of Christ off as unnecessary or as antagonistic to community peace and harmony; however, it is Christ who brings about the only true and lasting peace and reconciliation in our world. As followers of Christ we do have hope. We live in the certainty of tomorrow, a certainty that has little to do with circumstances or with earthly outcomes. As Christ through His Spirit brings this imperishable hope to our hearts, so we can bring it to those of our neighbors. So, where does my hope come from? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5: 5

 

Most things in this world will, in fact, disappoint us. All the bright and shiny toys either become dull or break if they are actually used, a new house always will need repairs and repainting, the new car smell quickly becomes the one that is like burned wiring, and all of our relationships develop tension and disagreement. This is the way that this world is, and we can hope for it to be better with all of our heart; yet, that won’t change this fundamental reality.

 

Still, hope, itself, is a very useful and good characteristic to seek, anticipate, and develop. The ability to experience hope points us toward God, for He is the author of true and genuine hope. Christ gives us the hope of eternity in His company. He presents us with a striking picture of His plan for returning this world to His intended glory. Also, Christ’s Spirit has come to reside within each of His children in order to live in and through every moment of our lives with us. Thus, the Spirit is involved with my life, personally and directly, through every twist and turn that my daily path takes. The Lord infuses each situation that I engage in with the hope of His loving, specific, and absolute protection, care, and direction.

 

God asks me to trust Him, to have faith in the truth of His word, and to focus on my relationship with His Spirit rather than looking so intently to my own wisdom and toward the external aspects of my life for my direction and sense of worth. My Lord, I pray that I will continually turn to your Spirit to guide me ever more deeply into my relationship with You, that I will learn to look continually to You for the hope that I need to function fully throughout this day, and that my heart and mind will stay focused on the fact that every moment of my life is defined by hope because of your presence in it.

 

Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5: 5

 

When we become totally and completely committed to something or to someone there exists a very real element of risk. For commitment should lead to an open proclamation of the relationship and the deliberate exclusion of contradictory ones; thus, it also puts us in a position where that decision is open to scrutiny and to question. As regards this aspect of life we are on public display and we are open to being challenged and questioned on validity of that decision.

 

When we have placed our hope in the new car that we have purchased, we are guaranteed that there will be disappointment as it ages and its parts start to fail. When that hope is liked to our portfolio of stocks and other investments, well, maybe yours are doing better than mine; if so, do you have any tips for me? Our broken nature as people makes it certain that hope that is founded in human relationships will be tested and will disappoint. It seems that any time we creatures turn to the created as the foundation and the source of our hope we experience the sense of shame that is caused by heartbreak and loss. This is the natural and the inevitable result of turning to that which is more readily understood and grasped, that is the creation, rather than surrendering our selves to the seemingly unknowable God, the Creator.

 

Yet, it is in and through this act of surrender that we become known. In Christ our true selves are revealed. A commitment to God is singular in the entire universe in that it is effected through a contract that was executed by another, by God Himself, paid for by Christ alone, and carried out through the on going actions of the Holy Spirit. The cure for the brokenness of all of creation is found in Christ; yet, God does not ask most of creation to respond to the great question of acceptance and surrender. That opportunity to risk all yet to gain everything through commitment to Christ is something that He grants only to the pinnacle of His creation. For it seems that God desires to pour His Love out upon humanity, and He seeks the opportunity to flood our hearts with it. As we hope in Christ, His Spirit fills us with the love of God that sustains us through everything that we will encounter. It is this love that heals us and that makes us God’s agents of healing in the rest of creation.

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5: 5

 

Most things in this world will, in fact, disappoint us. All the bright and shiny toys either become dull or break if they are actually used, a new house always will need repairs and repainting, the new car smell quickly becomes the one that is like burned wiring, and all of our relationships develop tension and disagreement. This is the way that this world is, and we can hope for it to be better with all of our heart; yet, that won’t change this fundamental reality.

 

Still, hope, itself, is a very useful and good characteristic to seek, anticipate, and develop. The ability to experience hope points us toward God, for He is the author of true and genuine hope. Christ gives us the hope of eternity in His company. He presents us with a striking picture of His plan for returning this world to His intended glory. Also, Christ’s Spirit has come to reside within each of His children in order to live in and through every moment of our lives with us. Thus, the Spirit of Christ is involved with my life, personally and directly, through every twist and turn that my daily path takes. The Lord infuses each situation that I engage in with the hope of His loving, specific, and absolute protection, care, and direction.

 

God asks me to trust Him, to have faith in the truth of His word, and to focus on my relationship with His Spirit rather than looking so intently to my own wisdom and toward the external aspects of my life for my direction and sense of worth. My Lord, I pray that I will continually look to your Spirit to guide me ever more deeply into my relationship with You, that I will learn to look continually to You for the hope that I need to function fully throughout this day, and that my heart and mind will stay centered on the fact that every moment of my life is defined by hope because of your presence in it.