Hope (June 24th Devotional)
"For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." (Romans 8:24-25)
With every hour that passes, we're an hour nearer to the coming of the Lord. What eager anticipation wells up within me when I think about it. When I think about seeing my Saviour face to Face, I'm overwhelmed with joy and steadfastly determined hope.
"“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You." (Psalms 39:7)
Let's consider gardening. It's an exciting day when the teensy tiny seeds are first planted into the soil, because you know that there's a whole lot of beautiful fruitful potential in each one of them. Days go by. Sunshine, fresh air, water, and fertiliser work their stuff. Then one day blossoms begin to burst forth, and you know that harvest is soon to come!
Now take the Gospel. Whenever we tell others about Jesus, we're sprinkling the seeds of God's Word. These seeds, just like botanical seeds, are loaded with fruitful potential and beauty. When the seeds of the Gospel reach soil that will be regularly watered, weeded, and basked in the Son-shine (His Presence), flowers begin to bloom and the fruits of the Spirit begin to produce proliferous abundance.
When is harvest you ask? The Day He is coming back!
"looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ," (Titus 2:13)
We hope in God's glory (Col.1:27), we hope for the harvest, and we liberally plant seeds of faith wherever we walk. We're gardeners of hope! A chosen people! God has given us the joyous mission to go out and share this hope with as many people as possible!
Radiate with joyful hope today my friends. It is health to your spirit to continually be full of gladness. Be blessed.
- The Introvered Evangelist