The results of true hope

Presence of God“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’s verse gives us an important reminder about hope…it is the unseen that brings out true hope. For us as believers, our true hope is an eternal destiny that awaits us because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.

Because our true hope is unseen, we are exposed to a grave danger…the danger of shifting our hope from God and His promises to what we see. The practice of medicine provides 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.

Thus it provides great temptation to steal 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.

It means regularly reminding ourselves that our true hope is not found in this world…it is found in the next. It means renewing that hope by regularly repenting of errant hope and actively resisting the temptation to trust in medicine or anything that is visible.

We can monitor our hope by examining our source of joy. Joy that is unwavering and not dependent on our circumstances helps assure us that our hope is well placed.

How dependent is your joy on circumstances?

Prayer: Lord, show me how I’m hoping in what is seen rather than what is unseen.

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