For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. (Psalm 62:5-7 ESV)
David returns to his opening thought. (see verse 1) For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence. Why? For my hope is from him. Most of the time we use the word hope interchangeably for “wish.” I wish the sun would shine tomorrow. I wish that package would arrive. I wish…
Biblical hope is far more than a wish.
Biblical hope is the sure promise of future reward.
Paul talks about this kind of hope in Romans 5:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)
Paul tells the believers in Rome that they can rejoice in sufferings. Why? Paul isn’t advocating an emotionless response to the very real pain of life. No! Rejoicing in suffering is possible for the same reason a mother endures the pain of giving birth to a child: the hope of holding that child in her arms as a newborn. Our hope is fixed on the glory of God–we live to honor Him. And strangely enough it comes through waiting and suffering.
Suffering initiates a domino effect: suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
Hope grows best in the soil of suffering.
Notice the distance between suffering and hope. Suffering is followed by endurance (which takes time). Endurance is followed by character (which is built over time). Character produces hope.
For most of us this has been the worst year of our lives. Our suffering is so real that hope seems a distant dream, a far-flung idea. Don’t despair. Hope is coming! Endure–don’t quit!
David writes: He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Today, lean in on God. Wait on him–quieten yourself before him. He is your refuge, your safe place…your hope.