The instructions are a short-cut to get us where we want to go. But how often do you try to blaze your own trail instead of trusting the designer? Being in scripture will always remind us to remember. If you don’t have a plan and method to remember God’s faithfulness, you’re going to drift.
Hope takes work. It’s not easy. Normal perspective seems to highlight the opposite of hope?
Or is hope anyone’s default setting? Like always seeing the glass half-full? It depends on the person.
Liz is working on being less of a ‘realist’ and more of an optimist—working on setting her mind on the positive.
Hope is a choice. And it’s a command from God. When He says ‘remember,’ we’re being asked to hope!
God knows the beginning from the end, so He can say ‘stick with me kid,’ and we can believe Him when He says ‘be not discouraged.’
Heb. 11 says ‘Faith is being sure of what we hope for and sure of what we do not see.’
Faith is intertwined with hope.
Gal. 5:16 Live by the spirit… then in v 22 we see the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Eph. 2:8, 9 Faith is a gift from God. So too is hope.
Rom. 8:25 Work of patience eagerly working in hope
It is good to do the work of patience.
Evan reads Lamentations 3:21-26. The work of waiting involves searching for God and seeking the deeper things of God, because we’re fickle and He’s not.
Life’s difficulties can either push us closer to or away from God’s truths.
The work of faith may not look like a whole lot, similar to the work of Tai chi. But it’s grounding work, setting a firm foundation.
Surrender means doing things God’s way, following His instructions.
Ways to remember and hope: be in God’s word. Jot down ways you see God working.
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