This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from theologian G.K. Chesterton:
“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” (G.K. Chesterton)
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself:
I will indeed bless you,
and I will greatly multiply you.
And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham obtained the promise. For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute. Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, because He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:13-20)
Promises. When God makes a promise, He delivers. He is always faithful to deliver. We may have to wait for His timing but God is faithful. We see here in Hebrews the writer talk about God’s promise to Abraham. God’s promise was fulfilled in full to Abraham. Likewise, when Jesus came, God’s promise of redemption was fulfilled. And someday Jesus will return just like was promised.
Whether you are going through a season of waiting (like I am) or you’re about to enter that time, remember God’s promises. Remember God’s faithfulness. We have a hope in Jesus. We have an anchor that secures our faith. Let us continue to trust and be faithful in the wait and trust in the promises that God has given to us.
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from pastor and author A.W. Tozer:
“The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the church is famishing for want of His presence. The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us. This would…cause our hearts to be enlarged…” (A.W. Tozer)
“Jesus responded to them, “Do you now believe? Look: An hour is coming, and has come, when each of you will be scattered to his own home, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:31-33)
Jesus always made it a point to tell His disciples how hard the road would be in following Him He never sugarcoated it. It was a path of struggle and pain and loneliness. But it was all worth it because of who it was they were following.
Here as the days were drawing closer to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, Jesus tells them of what was to come. Even in the midst of turmoil, Jesus brings peace. Even in the midst of suffering, Jesus brings hope.
I’m reminded today of all the heartache and struggles that these words still resonate. Even though there is immense suffering in this world, we can take heart. Jesus has overcome the world! So as we endure the trials and tribulations of this world, let us keep on the path of following Jesus. Let us be courageous in following Him.
New Thursday Quote Day with another quote from pastor and theologian Charles Spurgeon:
“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.”(Charles Spurgeon)