November 27, 2012
Hebrews 11:1 says:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”
From there the author of Hebrews went on with a roll call of faith naming example after example of people whose hope was fueled by expectation…many of those folks never experienced the object of their desire but they were commended for their Hope.
What stands out to me in that is living life fueled by Hope, founded in faith in the promises of Jesus.
What that means is that living to experience outcomes of our Hopes is good, but living life expressing faith and Hope through the ordinary stuff of life whether or not we experience the outcomes we Hope for is better.
That sounds complicated but not really. As we live with the Hopes that we have for everything from hopes for our family to hopes for God’s eternal Kingdom…we can continue life living the joy in Jesus as we wait expectantly for outcomes. That means that while we wait…we live interacting with life.
I like the idea of interacting with life because I believe that’s what God wants from us. To interact with life is to take what life offers and make something of it. To interact with life is to take some time to experience God’s Creation (I think fishing is part of that :)). To interact with life is to be about Kingdom business – loving God and neighbor…all the while having a hope filled with expectation that God’s goodness abounds for all who have the Hope to experience it.
Hope fades, faith dwindles, and peace evades when we cannot look forward with confidence in what we cannot see.