Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~Romans 5:5
There was a time I had my kids in a busy store and I told them “do not wander away or you’ll be lost”. There came a teachable moment when my son began to go astray, I watched from a distance as his little feet directed him from my presence. I saw that he began to reach for my hand without looking and grabbed onto a stranger’s hand. It wasn’t until he made eye contact with me that he realized it wasn’t my hand he was holding, he immediately dropped the man’s hand and came running into my arms.
I remember as a new believer, after the thrill of my salvation wore off, I wasn’t “feeling” as spiritual as I had been prior. I was listening to a message in Church and I was comforted to hear I wasn’t alone. The Pastor went on to explain that until we reach Heaven and receive our redeemed bodies we need to stay close to God, remain in His presence and be continually filled with His Spirit, he said because “We leak”.
The Holy Spirit makes residence in our hearts at salvation, but if we are not in communion with God thru His Spirit our soul suffers. This communion is based upon our current standing with God. He doesn’t love us any less or abandon us, we wonder from Him. Just like my son who was distracted by all that was around, we can easily find ourselves detached and feeling alone. We need a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit.
Paul starts Romans chapter 5 by stating, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”. Justification brings peace which gives access to faith into grace that causes us to stand, what a combination.
The fact that we were justified (saved) by a onetime confession with repentance and receiving Jesus as Savior, we have peace with God. This miracle that takes place comes with the faith that allows us to access the “grace in which to stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”.
The problem is the way we receive this hope, we are to “Glory in tribulations”. I can’t do this on yesterday’s “manna”. The nutrition I received from God yesterday needs to be replenished daily. In a world where there’s not a lot to hope in, we need to remember that at salvation “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts”.
So if the things of this world has caused you to wander from your Heavenly Father, let go of the stranger’s hand and run back into the arms of your Daddy. You may feel lost but He’s watching you from a distance and waiting for you to come running. Amen
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.
The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 49; Proverbs 19
Daily Quote: “Being loved is life’s second greatest blessing; loving is the greatest.” ~Jack Hyles
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon. ~Isaiah 55:7