The Results of True Hope

Living-Free“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 8:24b-25 (ESV)

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Today Paul gives us an important reminder about hope…we hope for what is unseen. Our true hope is an eternal destiny that awaits us because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.

Therefore, our true hope is in Jesus Christ.

But we don’t see Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit, or the Father…or even heaven.

We only have the promises found in Scripture.

Therefore, we are exposed to a grave danger…

That danger is shifting our hope from God and His promises to what we see.

Medicine is a tremendous temptation for hope.

It brings us recognition and adulation from our patients.

It brings us a sense of purpose and meaning.

It brings security.

It brings financial reward.

It brings hope…

And thus it steals hope from Him.

We must overcome this temptation if we want to be Christians who happen to be physicians rather than physicians who happen to be Christians.

That means overcoming…not just once…but continually.

We daily remind ourselves of our true hope.

We daily renew that hope by repenting of errant hope.

We resist the temptation to trust in medicine or anything that is visible.

We gauge our hope by monitoring our source of joy.

The presence of unwavering joy assures us that our hope is well placed.

It is a process…

It requires patience…

Some days will be easier than others.

But with practice and perseverance…our eternal hope will grow stronger…and we will be able to resist the allure of present hopes.

And unwavering joy will slowly build within us.

True hope results in us living for the right reasons…more obedient to Him.

Prayer: Lord, enable and strengthen me in the process of seeing where my false hopes lie and replacing them with the true hope of eternal life with You.

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