My son is working temporarily as a freelance security guard in Portland, Oregon. His night shift job is to keep people from stealing the contents of the building. The local police officers can’t keep up with all the area crime and the owners decided to hire outside help to deal with the current situation. Their machine shop is located near the home of a drug dealer.
It got me thinking about a recent sermon from Bayside Community Church about how our heavenly Father deals in Hope, not drugs. Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 NKJV) He heals the brokenhearted. He sets the captives free! He came to give us life and that life more abundantly. His whole message is one of Hope!
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even then we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how patience in turn forges that tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert to whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary--we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God so generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:3-5 MSG
Heavenly Father, You deal in real and living Hope that trumps drugs or anything else that medicates the human heart and mind. Your Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the Truth. (1 Cor 13:6 NIV) Your Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Cor 13:7 NLT) Thank You for the Hope that is ours in Christ Jesus. Not only in this life, but the life to come. Amen.