Waiting For Hope

“But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope” (Galatians 5:5).

George Matheson, the great devotional writer, once shared better than I could ever on a subject that we all need to grasp sooner or later. You know how important the spiritual quality hope is in human life but at times you will find yourself in the position of waiting for hope. Here are the thoughts of Matheson—

There are times when everything looks dark to me—so dark that I have to wait before I have hope. Waiting with hope is very difficult, but true patience is expressed when we must even wait for hope. When we see nothing but the darkness of night through our window yet keep the shutters open because stars may appear in the sky, and when we have an empty place in our heart yet will not allow it to be filled with anything less than God’s best—that is the greatest kind of patience… It is the story of Job in the midst of the storm, Abraham on the road to Moriah, Moses in the desert of Midian, and the Son of Man in the Garden of Gethsemane. And there is no patience as strong as that which endures because we see “Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). It is the kind of patience that waits for hope.

Father…give me the strength to wait for hope—to look through the window when there are no stars. Even when my joy is gone, give me the strength to stand victoriously in the darkest night and say, “To my Heavenly Father, the sun still shines.”

I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have learned to wait for hope.

Amen and amen!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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