Sometimes, when great pain and the confusion it brings fill us and surround all we do, it can be difficult to pin-point the location of hope. And then come the questions – why? How? For what purpose must I go through this?
Usually – God won’t answer these questions the way we want Him to. Instead, as He did with Job, He re-directs our attention to the source of hope – Himself, the source of peace, Himself, the source of true security -- Himself.
This great security is based on 3 foundational, Biblical facts:
1) The Father has loved us with an everlasting love – a love that never changes.
2) Christ, who died for our sins, is now at God’s right hand in resurrection glory and ever lives to make intercession for us, pleading His work finished and accepted.
3) The Holy Spirit lives in us.
~ “Will God lose those He has loved with an everlasting love?”
~ “Will Christ forget those for whom He ever lives to intercede?”
~ “Will God cast off those to whom He has sent the Holy Spirit, to dwell in them,
forever be in them” (Marcus Rainsford, Our Lord Prays for His Own)?
The answer, of course, is “No” – God will never lose us, or forget us, or cast us off. He directs us to Himself because we are His, knowing that if we are reminded of that, we will find hope.
“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen” (2 Tim.4:18)!