Sometimes in the futility of our spiritual survival, we are tempted to throw our hope away. We’ve prayed and prayed—some of us for years, believing God was going to remember His precious promises. (2 Peter 1:4 NKJV) And we’re wondering, has He forgotten about me?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) So if your faith is predicated on what you’re hoping for, you cannot afford to throw your hope away. If you do, you will never see that miracle you were believing God for.
We must understand God dwells in eternity. Therefore, He has no concept of time. Eternity is defined as infinite or a state where time has no application; timelessness. However, we are a time conscious people and sometimes an impatient sort. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4) This is why David emphasizes to us in Psalm 27:14–“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
In Hebrew the word wait לְיַחֵל means to hope, expect, look forward to. It is in the ‘wait’ where we are perfected in areas of our minds and spirits; so that we are in the right position to receive what God has established for us since before the foundation of the earth. These blessings are in eternity, in the hands of the Most High who is waiting for us to apply one of the most profound of biblical texts: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matt 6:33 NKJV) Whereas, the scripture that cements this foundational principle is…But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) Therefore, one must have hope in order to seek God’s kingdom, to believe that God is, and wait on Him. Without hope this simply is not possible.
Caleb did not receive his mountainous real estate overnight. Joseph did not become governor overnight. And David did not become king overnight. In all three cases, they had to walk out their hope in God through various trials of preparation to receive their promises or walk into their divine destinies. Caleb walked in that hope some forty-five years to see the fulfilment of God’s promise. David had to wait some fifteen years before ascending the throne and Joseph waited thirteen years before becoming something he had no idea was on the horizon for him. Even though it was foretold to him in dreams. Destiny is not microwavable—no, it is gifted us as we walk, with faith and hope, in obedience to the precepts of God’s word. But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. (Romans 8:25 NKJV)
So, no matter how unsettling life may be at times; please hold on to your hope. Don’t throw it away by trying to put God in your timeframe. Why? Because He can step out of eternity at any given moment to answer your hope request. He can even take your tomorrow and put it into your today. Hold fast to your hope. Which is holding onto promises eternal. Then in a time when you think not, your blessing or miracle just might appear!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)
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*Definition of eternity from the online Oxford Dictionary.
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