ENDURING AFTER HOPE’S EXUBERANCE FADES

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

– Romans 8:25 NIV

This week in conversation with my mom I shared the thought of what do you do when the adrenaline of hope wears off and she began to laugh understanding the point I was inferring from the rhetorical inquiry. She then mentioned the word exuberance and recalled one of the Our Daily Bread devotional messages that was addressing the same topic this week also. The book of Galatians has one reply for the rhetorical inquiry of what to do when the exuberance of hope wanes, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 NIV The Apostle Paul encourages us to not tire of doing what is right and to not give up. From my early days of my faith walk with Christ this is one of my two most favorite passages of scripture. The second would also speak to the remedy of hope’s fading enthusiasm, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trail, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12 NIV

During the time my mother, sister and I met for the bible study, under the theme Believing God for a Better Quality of Life,  there was a bible story that reverberated in my consciousness as a reminder of the illustration of perseverance of faith’s pursuit of the better quality of life and enduring hope’s fading exuberance. The car company Lexus once had a series of car commercials, that I recall, that speak to this subject as well. Lexus ran two commercial campaigns that ended with the slogans, The Passionate Pursuit of Perfection and The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection. They both stuck with me as reminders of what my faith walk with Christ should be described as or patterned after.

In the gospel of Mark 5:25-34, there is a story about a woman who is stricken with an affliction of suffering that has lingered for 12 long arduous years. Mark’s gospel highlights that she had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and invested all she had financially towards her hope for a cure, but as Mark mentions; things got worse instead of improving. Her hope for a cure, however, did not end with the exhaust of her finances, or the reality of the limitations of the doctor’s inability to resolve her problem.

Even though she spent all she had in seeking a cure and continued to suffer for 12 years, the bible said that when she heard about Jesus, she used her remaining resource of faith in God and hope in Him for healing and restoration, seeking out the One she believed could do what her material resources and the professional resources could not do. Her hope in God for healing drew her to Christ, as Jesus declared in John’s gospel that no one could come to Him unless the Father draws them. As long as the eternal flame of hope is not extinguished I am always in position for the miraculous, the impossible to become possible and the supernatural work of God’s grace to carry me beyond my limitations and circumstances of lack.

May God help you and bless you, to instill within you a spiritual resolve and internal fortitude fortified by the inspiration of hope that will carry you through times of trial and testing towards the place of wholeness, restoration and wellness God promises to those who believe.

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