“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”
Our salvation stemmed from the hope (eternal expectation) of God’s promises and His truth – that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do. If we ever doubt, we can go back to that moment of salvation and remember that something changed within me at that moment. What was that change? HOPE! Hope of God’s eternal love, acceptance, salvation, relationship, and joy!
Unfortunately, though, that moment did not last; life continued and continues with all of its hurts and sorrows. But because we have tasted of the Holy Spirit in that moment of salvation and continue through prayer to know His presence, we can hope in spite of our circumstances through perseverance. Dwight L. Moody wrote,
“In England I was told of a lady who had been bedridden for years. She was one of those saints who God
polishes up for the kingdom. I believe that there are a good many saints in this world that we never hear about;
we never see their names; they live very near the Master; they live very near heaven.
I think it takes a great deal more grace to suffer God’s will than it does to do God’s will. If a person lies in a bed
Of sickness and suffers cheerfully and is putting hope to practice, that person is as acceptable too God as if they were out working in His vineyard. Amen!”
Perseverance is possible because of the prize at the end of the race and a sweet relationship in the midst. Daily touches of God’s word and the Spirit through prayer and the encouragement through other believers can be enough to get you through because we hope in God’s promises and persevere through this life.