But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. – (Romans 8:25, NIV)
But we are hoping for something we don’t have yet, and we are waiting for it patiently. – (Romans 8:25, ERV)
So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfillment. – (Romans 8:25, TPT)
Hope is that beautiful space within us that believes and trusts that what is promised, the things that are longed for, will one day be fulfilled or come to pass. Our ultimate hope, the very thing we long for and have been promised, is an eternity in heaven if we choose believe and receive all that the Lord is offering. We have a lifetime to wait for it, yet it is hope worth holding. Hope is housed in that which is yet to be seen. In pregnancy, though the season of waiting feels long, especially near the end, the patient waiting is well worth the hope that has been held, when at last the newborn child is placed in one’s arms. Currently, one of my hopes that I am waiting for is to have a puppy that will listen and not be bitey. Though I don’t always see the well-mannered, obedient puppy yet, I have hope that with training and patience, what I desire most for our sweet Thor, will be realized. Incredibly, in the same way that I see glimpses of good behavior and obedience in our puppy, God grants us glimpses of His glory. All of creation reflects His beauty and majesty, reminding us of all that is yet to come. May we hold fast to the hope we have in Jesus, as He is faithful to all His promises.
With patience, we wait;
The Lord is faithful,
Grows hope as we pray.
All that He’s promised,
Will soon come to pass;
The Lord’s never late,
He hears what we ask.
God brings us beauty,
Where ashes once stood;
His love never ends,
His promises, good.
Let us choose to seek,
It’s how hope is found;
God’s glory surrounds.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can hold fast to the hope we have in You, for Your promises are true and You are faithful to fulfill as that You say You will do. Forgive us for our lack of patience when the fulfillment is a longer wait than we think it should be. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would patiently wait for all of the good that is yet to come. Show us how to love those around us well, so that they may recognize Your goodness and grace through how we love like You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we hold onto hope, and patiently wait for all that is yet to come. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:5