“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.” Job 11:13-19
Hope is the wanting…hope is more…hope is expectancy…hope is the future. Hope is taking a different look at the present situation. Looking at our circumstances through the eyes of God, relying on the Word of God and promises set forth for those who choose to embrace it. In this world, there will always be trouble. When you have the ability to hope: to hope beyond yourself, then you will have the resolve to face life and the ability to continue to move forward no matter what kind of curve ball life throws.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation if only from him. (Psalm 62:5)
2 Corinthians 3:2-3 …. You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
I love this scripture. It says everything plainly enough for “All” to understand. Paul is writing a letter to the church in Corinth. He is letting them know that he, Paul is proud of them and what they are doing. To me this is exactly what we should be doing. Paul was discipled by Jesus and those in Corinth were being discipled by Paul. Are we allowing someone to disciple us? Or, are we going to church on the television and remaining out of touch with the reality of life? Are we discipling someone else? “…written in our hearts, known and read by all men”
Here is what I see…
- The “people” were dear to Paul because they were written in his heart.
- “Known and read by all men” tells me that they were reaching out. Allowing themselves to mingle amongst the sinners. They were being transparent about where they came from, who they’ve become and where they want to go.
- They were the “letter of Christ”. Nothing else is needed if we allow ourselves to truly be open to others. We may get hurt from time to time but if we could just touch one life…make a difference in just one person… The Power of One can be amazing.
- The the Holy Spirit is working and changing their lives and the lives of others by changing their hearts. It doesn’t matter how many books or articles you write, if it doesn’t touch the heart…change will not happen. You cannot touch a life if you are not willing to allow your flaws, shortcomings and mistakes to be seen by others. In doing so It makes you real…it makes you identifiable by others; it makes you “known”. It brings the reality of “if they can make it through it, than so can I!”
Living daily in reality, not denial is how we can be a letter known and read by all men….
A letter cannot be read if you don’t open the envelope…open yourself to the saving grace and mercy of Jesus and allow Him to change your heart so others can see the proof of the truth through your life.