January 02, 2012
Today’s Meditation Verse:
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.
Each year when a new year starts there is always an air of expectation that goods things will come and that this fresh start is a milestone that the old and the bad is past and now new good things will come.
That is hope.
…but hope that is seen is not hope…
Sounds kind of like faith, huh? But actually hope is the framework for faith. We need to see in our mind, guided by our heart, that which we ‘hope’ will happen or be.
Faith without hope is just like pouring jell-o on the cabinet without a jell-o mold. All you have is a big mess. But get that mold out, pour in the jell-o and watch what takes shape.
So this year let me encourage you to not just willy-nilly believe for God’s will or that good things will come, decide what dreams and goals God has placed in your heart and then hope that those things will be. Then you have a framework to pour your faith into.
…with perseverance we wait eagerly for it…