Do you have hope? Today our guest writer addresses this important issue.
Hope Not Yet Seen
“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:24-25 RSV)
“Our Hope” before us, through the weeks and months ahead, is certain to bring things not yet recognized or understood. Consider that our life each day is given new hope because God is faithful to us each new morning.
The God who is with us is the same God as yesterday, today, and for all those tomorrows still ahead. He doesn’t change, take naps or go on vacations. Our constant hope is reaching up to Him, persevering with prayer and the promise of His word.
God’s hope, though not yet seen, is our constant expectation of an unseen reality. Saved by grace by faith, waiting upon His promise through hope and perseverance, we’ll recognize the end result of our faith.
As a child, you might have been on a lengthy road trip to some special place, and you’d ask from the backseat of the car, “Are we there yet?” Your parent may have responded, “Almost,” which usually meant another hour or two before you’d get to Grandma’s house.
Learning to be still and knowing God is working always in all ways can be difficult on our part, especially in our fast-paced culture of modern technology where everything’s at our fingertips for instant results. But God is not part of our culture. I thank Him because I tend to expect instant answers.
Experience has taught me that learning to wait upon His promise brings hope not yet seen with far greater promise.
— Robert Schaetzle
Hope Not Yet Seen © 2018 by Robert Schaetzle. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
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Guest Writer: God lead Robert Schaetzle to writing over 45 years ago when he started by writing personal notes in his five children’s birthday cards, along with other devotional messages. After retirement from a forty-year career with the USPS, he has been serving others in lay pastoring at a local Rehab Center for fourteen years in a “Sharing and Caring” ministry and writing essays from his sermons. He freelances having Christian articles and poems published. He resides in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife, Yvonne, living close to their five grown children and their families.
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