Time The Enemy Of Hope

Where does the time go? Do you struggle to fit everything in to the day? Does time sometimes feel like an enemy? How do we fit it all in?
I have recently tried to come to terms with the fact that things usually take a lot longer than I had planned. But God ( don’t you just love that? “BUT GOD” ) who is the God of “more than enough” has given us enough time to do what He has called us to do. We have just got to be patient and know that in His perfect timing He makes all things beautiful and that it will all work together somehow for good. Through faith AND patience we inherit the promises. The older I get the more I realize the importance patience plays in the working of His Divine will in our lives. So I stop fretting about it all, and just do the best I can each day, knowing that He cares about the things that I care about, and has already planned a solution.

Time often feels like the enemy of hope. Abraham certainly didn’t feel like time was on his side. The Bible tells us that “contrary to hope, in hope (he) believed.” ( Romans 4:18 )
The promises that God gives us are often contrary to hope. Even if there is hope when the promise is first given, time usually erodes the hope of these promises being fulfilled by our strength and ability alone. In the process, our hope no longer rests in what we can do and achieve but in the promise of a mighty God who alone is able to fulfill what He promises to give.

Do not be disheartened when the promise tarries and natural hope wanes. It is merely God weaning us from our trust in the arm of flesh and preparing us to be vessels of glory that not only receive the fulfillment of the promise but reveal the all sufficiency of God.

The eroding of hope is not a bad place to be. It is the beginning of being in the right place. The right place is a place of hope in the all-sufficient power and ability of God. Only then will God be glorified.

 

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"Do not be disheartened when the promise tarries and natural hope wanes."


“(Abraham ) in hope believed … according to what was spoken.”
We need to revisit what has been spoken and to hear afresh God’s word and encouragement regarding His purpose for our lives.


Ray and his wife Pam pastor Pursuit church in Auckland, New Zealand, a Christian pentecostal Bethel church.


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