May 29, 2020 @ 8:30 AM
• Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Here it says we are supposed to hope for things we can’t see, or in other words, hope for things we can’t yet understand. And if we hope for things that we don’t yet know about, this helps build patience because we simply expect good things and not specific things or outcomes. And it says that hoping in this way is what saves us.
• Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Ephesians 3:20 is in line with Roman’s 8:24 because it says “he” will do over and above what we can even imagine. So be patient for the things you can’t expect or know about. Only expect things to be better than you could ask for, knowing that “he” knows what is best for us, even though we can’t understand or don’t understand.
• 1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Here again it iterates that our heart cannot and should not know what God has in store for us; so stop trying to figure it out! Just trust God will work it all out in perfect time and already has it planned out. So just look forward with patience, accepting what may come with cheerfulness, knowing that it must be better than what we think we need.
And this is the confidence we have in “him”.
• 1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And this means “his will” and not our own. So ask and hope for everything you need and want, all the while allowing and expecting it to be played out according to “his will”; which it says is better than any specific outcome we can conjure up in our own mind. His will means we allow all of the mechanisms of the universe work together to provide us all of the good things we need, on God’s terms, and God’s way, not our own way.
And we are so thankful for that because…”we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”.