Real Perspective – Hope

A glimpse of hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

We see the word ‘hope’ appear many times in the New Testament and may have studied or heard it preached many times before. It is the hope of the inheritance that we have received in heaven (Ephesians 1:11-12, Romans 8:23-25). But this hope seems so distant and so far away, consumed by the immediacy and important things of every day life. What we see and know right here, right now are the things that constantly makes us wrestle with our belief.  That is why in Romans we ask the God of hope to fill us with this peace in believing so that everything we believe and trust in Christ we can be sure about it, such that in the midst of the difficulties of life we can continue to hope in Christ.

So what can we do? We can pray for this peace and we can keep reading his Word to continue in our faith, but this has to be done habitually, for if we don’t then we would be wrestling a lot more than if we do. Remember, it is not something that we can do ourselves hence it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we abound in hope.

Just like how we saw the other day about Paul and his rejoicing during times of suffering, we also ask God to fill us with joy in believing. How can we be joyful in this hardship? I think when we put things into perspective and see where life leads to, our life is really short in comparison to the eternal life that is ahead after this world. The suffering and hardship now will go away and we can be thankful and be happy because of our hope in the future. It’s not until we see God’s big picture and his amazing grace and plan for us, our inheritance in heaven, our glory in Christ, then this hope may be more real.

How can our hope be more real?

For Mel and myself, this year by God’s grace our hope in Heaven and our personal knowledge with Christ is made more real than ever before in our Christian life because we were able to put our life into God’s perspective as we keep learning from the bible. We worry about Bungie, her health and her future, if and when we should put her into childcare. We worry about her education and a home for her to grow up in. We worry about our finance and our future because of our one-single income. However, we know that all we can do is trust in God for his goodness and kindness to us. But most importantly we know that life is short and that God has given us a new life to serve him and to glorify his name.

We’ve both lived a thankful life, now our future is to ensure that Bungie is raised in a Godly family and that she knows and trusts in God; and to try help others come to know him. It’s not easy I must say… last week has been the most stressful week so far. One of the things we like to share with the group is the Introduction to the Bible course which helps us see God’s plan. It’s a topic we think would help us Christians understand why things are so hard and what the whole of point of life is.

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