Purifying Our Hopes

How often do we create hopes for ourselves?  For me, not only do I create false hopes, but I also make checklists that I seemingly believe will make me a better person.  In order for me to succeed, I must ______.  To be happy,I need to _______. By doing _______I’ll be the best Christian that I can be. Even I should do _____ in order to be the best friend, daughter, and sister. Fill in each of those blanks, and you’ll have a recipe for a “urrhhhh-i’m-going-to-pull-out-my-hair” day.

Today, I just want to share one of my favorite quotes about this.  It’s one of my favorites from Oswald Chambers…

“If our hopes are being disappointed just now,

it means that they are being purified.

There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of

that will not be fulfilled.

One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience.

Remain spiritually tenacious.”

What this quote is saying is that, contrary to our popular belief, God isn’t depriving us whenever plans don’t go our way.  Rather, He is purifying us!  These disappointments of various hopes are actually steps in our purification because:

  1. He already has a plan for us. Jeremiah 29:11- ” ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, “plans for good and not for evil.  Plans to give you a future and a hope.”
  2. He’s purifying our faith.  If we believed that our relationship with God depended on a checklist, we would never understand the necessity of His grace in our lives.  Whenever we would fail to check everything off the list, we would be in danger of thinking that we were unacceptable to God.
  3. He’s teaching us to live as if everyday is Christmas Eve.  In other words, He wants us to look towards everything with anticipation and to receive everything with a grateful heart!

There are so many other great things about this quote, but I must run to class for now.  I’ll edit it later! Thanks for reading!

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah

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