Archive for March, 2013

Life sets us on a journey to the unknown,
Through means not of our own we find ourselves on this road,
A road travelled by many but not many really get to the end,
What is so hard about this road called relationship,

What makes some fall flat along the way,
Where is the vigour and determination seen when the journey is starting,
The smiles and laughter that crowned our days,
The words of understanding that was communication,
The eyes of love that spoke to our hearts,
This road called relationship,

Bandits lay in wait to snatch what we have,

Sometimes we fail to jealously guard what we possess,
By the time we realise it, we are walking alone,
What happened to the tenacity that symbolised our journey,
What happened to the patience by which we survived,
What happened to the grace which held us together,
This road called relationship so long and windy,
Tell me who on earth will ever get to the end,

God knows how we need Him from start to finish,
God knows how many times we have longed to hear His voice say ‘My child hold on’
God knows how daily this road gets weary,
For it is not for the swift neither is it for the strong,
This road is meant for the weak and lowly,
This road is meant for the selfish and proud,
This road is meant for the stubborn and arrogant,
Tell me how we are to survive if such is the cast,
This road called relationship, so selfless so godly

Day in day out we cry for mercy,
Broken hearts, betrayed souls lay strewn along the wayside,
Alone we perish but with you we succeed
God help us pack for this road called relationship.

While reading through Romans 5, I got stuck in verses 3-5 which state:

‘More than that, we rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the HolySpirit who has been given to us.’

The word ‘hope’ and how it has been used in the bible caught my eye. I went ahead and looked it up to find this;

1. ‘a belief that something desired will happen’

2. ‘a person, thing or circumstance that makes hope possible.’ Wow!

Of late, I have been encouraging a friend alot to hold on to hope. Jenny & Tyler’s song, ‘Holding onto hope’ always comes to play. But what does the bible really mean when it talks about hope?

1. Redemption
Romans 5:5 ‘……..and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the HolySpirit who has been given to us.’

Verse 8 continues to say that, ‘….but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’

See the connection between the two verses? One talks of God’s love, the other is the demonstration. In this is hope, the infilling of love by the outpouring of Christ. Hope is used in this instance to mean redemption, reconciliation, and peace with God. In this case, the second dictionary definition of hope applies. Christ makes hope possible.

2. The Future Glory
Another way hope is used in the bible is to highlight on the glory that is to be revealed.
Romans 8:18-30 talks of how the present sufferings are incomparable to the future glory. Creation groans in expectation of it and even us, the ones having the firstfruits of the Spirit even the more. For it is in this HOPE that were saved. That’s what the bible says.
The Psalmist cries out in Psalms 130.5 ‘I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in his word I hope.’ He goes on to say, ‘Oh Israel, hope in the Lord for with the Lord there is steadfast love and with him is plentiful redemption and he will redeem Israel from all her iniquities. Redemption and future glory are seen in the same chapter. In Psalms 119:49-50 it says, ‘Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.’

This hope for the future glory works presently to give us strength for each day and we wait for it with patience. The bible itself says in Prov.13:12 that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. The world hopes in what it does not know and in a future that has not been secured. Therefore, in this case, the first dictionary definition of hope applies. We believe that a future glory will be revealed stamped by the assurance of Christ in us the hope of glory in Colossians 1:27.

A worthy note is that Christ is the constant in both ‘hopes.’ Without him, we are hopeless, neither redeemed nor longing for a future glory. So I finish off like the Psalmist saying, ‘Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.’

Do have a hope-filled day.

Grace & Peace