Hoping and Waiting Patiently
There is no doubt that Jesus will return: Jesus said it and the Bible predicts it in significant detail. This 'hope' (the Bible's technical word for 'reliably confident expectation') has proved to be the essential motivation for the persecuted church: uncertain of today but confident about Jesus. Yet, hard times are still hard and our bodies, minds and spirits do groan as the pressure increases.
We trust the Scripture which says, "God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." (1 Corinthians 10:13b). And when our faith is so stretched that we do not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit understands all that we cannot put into words, and He prays for us. He searches our hidden depths and presents us to the Father, so that God's mercy and grace might be unleashed for our blessing.
Hard times encourage us to believe that we are all alone and nobody really understands. That is not true: it is a lie. Not only is God around us, the Holy Spirit is also within us, and has the right to search every part of our soul. And when we do not understand ourselves, He does. And, "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28). He has the knowledge and the power to do us good and to get us right so that we can serve our God in righteousness. So, let him do it! Stop resisting - because He really does know best!.
© Dr Paul Adams