Hope That Is Seen Is Not Hope…
It seems these days come and go. Some days it seems as if our Lord, Jesus Christ, is right here in the room, speaking, sharing and guiding every word, every step and every key stroke. Other days, it seems as if He, Jesus Christ, is nothing more than a distant memory, vague and clouded. The enemy can be cunning, baffling and powerful, that’s his job.
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? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. ~ Romans 8:24-25 KJB
After a multitude of prayers it seems as though the island is growing larger, not smaller. It feels as though the solid rock under foot is growing smaller, not larger. The distance between the East and the West grows greater.
More prayer, more seeking, more asking and more quiet. Faith is solid. Mine eye is not turned away, mine hand is open and mine heart belongs to Jesus. It is only a moment and it is only a feeling that the enemy has planted. The feeling must be rooted out, thrown into the fire and burned to ash. It all changes when we call upon the Holy Spirit who provides the Comfort and Counsel necessary to muster the strength.
As it is written,
For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:36-39 KJB
These feelings are nothing more than feelings that are planted by the enemy to create fear – false evidence appearing real.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.