24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it (Romans 8).
Hope and faith go together etymologically (elpis and pistis) as well theologically and experientially. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). To hope in God’s promises is to believe they are true and that God does not lie. To believe they are true and that God does not lie, is to hope He will indeed fulfill those promises — in His time.
For 15 months Suzie and I did not see the way concerning our future in ministry. But we believed (faith) in God’s calling in our lives, and thus we hoped that He would indeed fulfill that calling — in His time. By His grace “with perseverance we [waited] eagerly for it” — and then, finally, it is coming to pass and brought us to Greer, SC. God is faithful.
Lord, thank You for Your grace and faithfulness toward us! Thank You for making our hope secure in Your ultimate promise of that blessed “salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). We all “wait eagerly for it” as well! Help us This Day to walk in a manner that demonstrates our hope and faith in You. Amen.