For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Is there any hope? This is a question that has been or will be in the heart of every person as some point in there life.
I do guest there is a need to state the obvious, the inspiration has not been flowing. I have struggled just to get through my devotional reading. One of my favorite authors is Charles L. Allen. I don’t know how many times I’ve read his tiny book GOD’S PSYCHIATRY. I’ve read ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH PRAYER at least twice and his week I’ve reread THE MIRACLE OF HOPE.
Hanging in the Tate Gallery in London is George Frederic Watts’s great painting entitled HOPE. It pictures a blindfolded woman setting on top of the world, stricken and dejected. In her hand is a harp with all the strings broken except one. She is striking that one string and her head is bent low so as to catch the sound of the solitary string. Life can be reduced to one string but if that one string is Jesus, there is hope. Paul said is Romans 8, All of creation was cursed by the fall and became subject to death and decay. He says that creation is groaning for redemption and restoration and we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. In other words, we human are broken, we are not right and we live in a broken world where there is sickness, sorrow, injustice, violence and death. Jesus is coming to set everything right. He will fix everything that is broken. Every string on our harp will eventually break except one: Jesus! Just keep playing that one string.
I am afraid to say much because the moment I getting to feeling better, I have a back set but after a rough night of coughing, I awoke this morning feeling like a new man. I had to go to bed because I was having chills and when I woke up my bed was wet and my PJ’s wet from sweat. I felt a new freedom, like the crude that had invaded my body was moving out. At least I am hoping so. If affects different people different ways but I’ll tell you, “You don’t want it.” It is much worse than the flu. It may be a coincidence but Allison Blackwood recommended zink and vitamins C and D. I got better within 24 hours of taking them. I hope I am not celebrating prematurely but I feel much better today.