“But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” – Romans 8:25
One of my favorite movie lines is from the movie Arthur. His lifelong butler Hobson was ill and Arthur was reminiscing about when he was a child.“Hobson, do you remember when I was a child and we played hide and seek? Remember, you could never find me?”
Hobson replied, “Because I never looked.” You’ll never find what you don’t look for.
In our walk with the Lord, there is a call for perseverance and determination. With all that comes against us and with all the daily battles we face, we need to have Hope. Paul is instructing his readers in Rome to not lose hope just because they can’t see it. It doesn’t mean it’s not there, just that we need to “keep looking.” Let’s face it, even with the “still small voice” I can sometimes find myself fighting off anxieties and battling doubt. When I am confronted with a choice to panic or trust, it can be a fine line to determine my next step. What’s the answer? “Keep Looking!”
The opening verses of Colossians 3 tells us “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” There is this idea of lifting our heads above the circumstances and focusing on the things above. When I choose to do this, it helps me stand and effectively deal with my issues at hand with a Biblical solution that should ultimately give God glory.
There’s nothing like an outcome that has Divine intervention. I’m sometimes amazed at the response I have when I wait on the Lord for His solution. It’s as if my mouth is speaking but I’m not sure where what I’m saying came from.
If I “look” into the word of God and patiently wait until He returns, I can continue to build my God given faith which brings hope and I can persevere till the end when faith and hope are no longer needed, and all that’s left is Love. So, if today you find yourself with your head down and the weight of this world bringing confusion, lift up your head, get into God’s word, and be strengthened and “Keep Looking!” Amen?
Written by Rob Russomano Rob Russomano 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. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 16-20 | You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here
Daily Quote: “Trust to God to weave your thread into the great web, though the pattern shows it not yet.” – George Macdonald
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” Psalm 40:16