One Step Closer

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Hebrews 11:1  NIV

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Romans 8:24-25 NIV

“For in this hope we were saved. 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.”

Hebrews 6:19 NLT

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”

Hope is a divine power to carry on; it’s the source behind the strength to take one more step, and sometimes to have hope may seem a little crazy. Mark 5:21-43 gives us two incredible stories of hope for a cure: one from a father for his dying little girl, another from a woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years. Their hope drove them to take one more step, which led them out the door and towards Jesus. The definition of hope is “to desire with anticipation” and to have faith is to believe in its occurrence. If the two are combined then God’s power is given free rein in our lives. The woman’s faith cured her after she touched Jesus’ cloak, and Jairus’ faith resurrected his daughter. Their hope allowed for a divine intercession.

Sometimes we cannot see when our miracle and happy ending is going to come, but I encourage you to put your hope in the Lord, the maker and knower of all things.  Even when things don’t go the way that we expect them to “we know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are chosen to be a part of His plan.” [Romans 8:28 NLV] We continue to hope that God will get us through ever situation that comes our way.

Romans 8:25 brought my attention to the word patience (“the capacity to tolerate trouble without complaint) which led my mind to think of patients (those under medical care). I have seen those waiting for a cure they could not see and be saved from their illness by their faith, but I have also seen hope even after tragedy struck. Recently, we have experienced the passing of a loved member of our church due to cancer. Even in this loss, I saw her family’s faith remain, friends ban together in support, and I saw the hope that they would get through this still glimmer in their hearts. “For in this hope we were saved;” we are given the strength to carry on, and the hope to see those who have we have lost again in heaven.

Prayer:
Father, I pray for us to keep our hope in You. For You to supply us with strength in order to keep on going. No matter what obstacle may come our way, that our hope may cling to Your promise.



JANINE COELHO