Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
vi) Hope Makes Us a Partaker of Blessings We Ought Not to Partake in
It was because Rahab the harlot had hope, that was why she could be delivered alongside with all the people who were in the building with her that day that Jericho was to be destroyed.
“Jos 2:18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.
Jos 2:19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.”
“Jos 6:17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.”
After her deliverance she was integrated into the lineage of the Israelis.
“Heb_11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Jas_2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?”
The same applies to Cornelius who was a gentile becomes integrated into the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ alongside others because he has been expectant of the changes that will happen to him. Therefore, when he saw the vision of what he needs to do, he did not hesitate to carry it out. After carrying it out, he was saved together with his household and was given the gift of the Holy Ghost.
“Act 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
Act 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
Act 10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
Act 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
Act 10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
Act 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?”
vii) To Exercise Hope is Difficult:
This hope is difficult to be exercised by believers, because the root of hope is in waiting. Anyone who cannot wait would not be able to exercise hope.
“Luk 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Luk 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Luk 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.”
viii) Hope Can Make Heart Sick:
Because hope’s root is in waiting, therefore, when a person has been waiting for something to manifest for a very long time but which it does not manifest, this can make heart fall sick as the scripture has said.
“Pro 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
The Hebrew word for deferred here is “מָשַׁךְ” which when romanticized becomes mâshak (phonetic spelling is maw-shak') which means prolong, extend, continue, delay.
When something has continued for a long while it sickens the heart. The heart here is not the heart that pumps out blood to all the body, but it is talking about the seat of emotions and feelings inside of humans. The Hebrew word for this heart is “לֵב” when romanticized it becomes lêb (phonetic spelling is labe) which means feelings, will, intellect, understanding, care for.
It was because the heart of Joseph has become sick while in the prison custody that was why he asked that the chief Butler would not forget him when things changed for him.
“Gen 40:14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: ”
ix) Renewing Our Relationship with God Helps Us Keep Hope:
Anyone who will keep hope, continue to hope in the Lord will always renew his or her relationship with God by doing this one would always find reasons to continue to wait for the Lord on those things promised him or her. It was because Abraham continues to renew his relationship with God that was why he could continue to wait on the Lord because God continues to tell him things that would ginger and keep his hope alive as well as doing new things for him which he least expects. (Gen. 15, 17)
x) Hope Makes Us Purify Our Hearts in Faith:
It is because we have hope in the Son of God that was why we can continue to purify our hearts with the word of God.
“1Jn 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Let Me Not Be Ashamed of My Hope
The author of this Psalms has said what he has read or heard by prophesies, revelations, visions etc. of what the Lord has promised to do for him in faith like Joseph did. However, after uttering such it is appalling that the man is now in troubles, trials of faith like Joseph and other patriarchs of faith and to him it now seems as if God is not mindful of what he has promised him again, it seems as if God would not fulfill what he has promised him.
“Gen 15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?”
You can see what father Abraham says here, he was not sure God would fulfill the promise again despite openly stating the word to the people that God has promised him a child, a heir.
Like it happened to those patriarchs of faith it is yet happening to us in the world today. We have read beautiful promises of the Lord in the Bible, we have heard some of his words of prophesies, received revelations of things God wanted to do for us as did Cornelius, yet those things are far from us, it seems those things would never happen to us because of what we are passing through, and we are not certain sometimes doubtful of those things altogether.
Like this author prays this prayer that God should not allow him to be ashamed of his hope in him, we equally can join him to pray the same prayer, that we shall not be put to shame of our trust and hope in him which we have openly pronounced to the people.
I sure trust that God will do as he has done for fathers of faith for us, for he did the same for Daniel, he did not put him to shame, though the people taught he will be put to shame, but on his case God intervened and his matter was resolved.
As he has prayed this prayer, we can also pray this prayer today and he will answer us as he has answered the patriarchs of faith not putting them to shame of their hope in him. (End)
“Psa 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.”
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