And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Often we fail to persevere when there is no longer any hope. One thing that leads to lack of hope is the failure to wait upon God and get His perspective. Often I have resolved to give up an go m way on something. Then God intervenes and turns my sorrow to joy. Romans 8 is quite applicable here. I some times joke that God's hobby is proving me wrong.
Another reason akin to this method of loosing hope is that we put our values in the wrong place. I highly recommend The Art of Divine Contentment by Thomas Watson, Soli Deo Glori Publications. It is a puritan writing, but very readable. It ought to be the first book read by anyone trying to get out of debt.
Watson has a great way of drawing us upward to look upon things from a God centered view. Perhaps this ought to be one of those annual reads that keep us in proper perspective.