Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
On heroes, heroines, faith, and Divine Hope…
There was no hope that Abraham would have children, but Abraham believed God and continued to hope…” (Romans 4:18 ERV, selected portion)
Abraham believed. Abraham continued to hope. At the hand and timing of Jehovah-Jireh Abraham’s hope became a reality. Then Abraham’s belief was strengthened. Then Abraham believed when his hope was in God the impossible became possible.
I don’t know about you but I am adding Abraham to my expanding list of real life and biblical characters I am building my life on. Let’s call them my heroes and heroines. I remember as a teenager caught up in the baseball frenzy my hero was Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers. When I played neighborhood baseball or baseball at school I played the way my hero, Al Kaline did, it was great! I am not sure at what point I began to realize the real Hero I needed to build my life of was Jesus it was then Jesus took over top spot in my life where He remains today. As I began building my life on Jesus I discovered a whole new world of heroes and heroines upon which I learned more and more about Jesus, the Greatest Hero the world has even had the opportunity to know.
One thing I have discovered that is true with all the heroes and heroines of the bible is the hope that kept them going was their faith in God’s ultimate plan for their lives. “Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ERV) Divine Hope is anchored on Jesus and sustained through our faith.
If we take the time to stop and really think about how our lives is built and sustained by faith and how dependent we are on it we can begin to understand how important what or who we anchor our faith on. We’ll also realize unless our faith is placed in and on God hope is no more than wishful thinking.
James Ryle writes about Divine Hope, “You and I were created by God for a purpose that fulfills us; but this purpose can only reach its full potential when we are anchored by Hope that stretches beyond this world. A man or woman with Heaven on their mind is not easily impressed or distracted with the things of this fallen world. They live with a purpose that never grows slack; and the engine of their lives burns with a fuel that is supplied from God Himself — a supply that never runs out.”
“God, show mercy to us and bless us. Please accept us! Selah “
GRACE and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, ERV