Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Hope vs Fate

Hope vs Fate

Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.” GENESIS 17:3–4 

We learn from reading about Abraham that hope is necessary because often waiting is uncontrollable. Did you know God didn’t tell him how long he would have to wait? He just said, “Here’s the hope. You just wait.” God’s promise to Abraham was not to be fulfilled for many years. And in some respects that promise was not totally fulfilled even in his lifetime. You and I are the fulfillment of that promise. According to Galatians, we are the children of Abraham. We are the result of God having blessed Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; having blessed the nation of Israel; and then, through Israel, having blessed all of us. We are blessed because of Abraham. But Abraham never saw all of that. He saw enough, but he had to wait. Hope is the ingredient that keeps us going between the promise and the fulfillment. Hope is the thing that gets us up in the morning when we know that God cares but we haven’t seen any evidence of it in the last few days. Hope drives us onward when we want to stop and quit. Hope keeps our dreams alive while we are waiting. And we need hope because we can’t always control the timetable. Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening 

Many look down on or shun those who don't believe in fate. 
Still others shake their heads at those who cling to hope. 

I don't believe in fate. My hope is in my Savior. 

Fate is a hot bed for excuses to do or do not.

Fate is a place of abdication from responsibility. 

Fate is a catchall for when the plans of people don't come to fruition. 

Hope is much different. 

The Scriptures have much to say on hope.  Faith, hope and love, the greatest of these is love. 

Hope defies explanation in many people's thinking.  They cannot explain why, they just do.

Hope is often seen in children more than in adults.  Children hope because they haven't been taught not to.

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. 
I darn not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name.

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.

Jesus taught about the wise and the foolish men.  One built upon a Rock the other on sand.

When the storms came one stayed one fell. The hope of both was that they would prevail. One was an empty hope the other was well placed. 

We who hope in Christ are those who are the wise in that story.  Often believed by the world to be fools.  As Mark Lowry has said on occasion, I don't have enough faith to be an atheist. 

There's to much evidence to point to Christ Jesus, too much to show the stubbornness of people that if the but ask He would save. 

The life of a Christian is to be one of hope. Because the promises of God are there to hope in. 
The life of those who have not come to are filled with wishes and thoughts that accomplish nothing. Any hope is a vain hope. It's built upon sand.

A life outside of one in Christ is very lonely.  People making themselves believe that things in their life provide all the fulfillment they need. Things disappoint in time. Even people can disappoint in time.  Achievements eventually vanish.  Success is often fleeting. 

The Bible says to the believer to store up treasure in Heaven. You would do that with the hopeful expectation of retrieving that treasure. 

You would hope in the promise of Christ for salvation with the expectation that He will keep His promise to never leave us nor forsake us. That if He has gone away to prepare a place for us that our expectation is He will return to gather us to Himself, as He promised. Scripture says that hope doesn't disappoint.  You will face constant disappointment if you chalk it up to fate.

So where are you?  Are you hoping in the truths of God’s Word or erroneously believing that fate is what you live in?

Do you long for stability? That's the house built upon the Rock, the Rock of Christ. 

I totally agree with that statement by Mark Lowry, have seen too much, lived through too much, to ever doubt that hoping in my Savior is ever or has ever been in vain. 

On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand all other ground is sinking sand....

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