The God Of Hope
I wrote the following paragraph, in italics below, about four days ago. I thought to myself, as I typed my honest feelings, will this make sense to anyone else if I publish this post? So . . . I waited. I waited on Him to make sense of it all. Why had the passage from Romans 15 kept coming up every time I opened my Bible? Okay, I had a book mark there, but it wasn't a lonely book mark. It had many other fellow bookmark coworkers holding onto certain passages that I knew God was speaking to me. This passage though kept staring at me, waiting for me to get it. Today, I opened up to it again and it made perfect sense. - I have a broken neighbor in my guest room as I type this, and I have struggled to be strong for this person as I worried about whether I could carry the load, but God was working on me at the same time, and He is strong enough for the both of us.
So I waited. I waited on Him to make sense of it all.
As I write, I am weary, my heart is heavy and I'm pushing through each moment of the day. I'm not depressed as much as grieved over a situation that is over my head, which I am unable to write about at this time. For some reason, I've been drawn to meditate on this passage over the last week, and as I read it again, I am encouraged and given exactly what I need to push through.
Maybe you are going through an overwhelming circumstance that you feel is crushing you. Please know you are not alone. Let us build each other up and pray for one another.
Romans 15: 1-13 (ESV)
The Example of Christ
1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”
4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles
8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”
10 And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.”
12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
13 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.
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9/21/2018 05:50:42 pm
My name is Alan Finch. I became a Christian 42 years ago.
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