Sunday, October 13, 2013

Romans 8:24

"For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?"
Romans 8:24

 I like this idea of being saved by hope.  I think that when we lose hope that we're usually in a very dark place in our lives... ready to give up.  All the futures that we can see are bleak, and we don't know our way out of the darkness.  And God is the light that shows us the way back.  Shining even in the deepest darkness, so that we can be saved.  And hope goes along with faith so much... we despair exactly because we think that we know what is coming, and it is all bad.  The fact that we don't really know what is coming is cool, because then we can still be surprised by hope, and light, and goodness in the midst of a sometimes shadowy world.  And after we see how God works enough, some of that hope becomes faith, that the light will still be there.  And after having faith for a while, then our hope and faith might even turn into confidence and knowledge... that God will always be there, caring about us and loving us even when it seems like no one else does... or even can.
Today, let's remember how much God loves us, even when things seem bleak.  Even when we've made horrible mistakes, and rebelled against God.  He will always be there, lighting the way home.  Let's trust him... and if we can't, then let's just catch that tiny spark of hope and use it to keep going until we're safe enough to do more.

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