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Listen while you read: "My Faith Looks Up To Thee"1 (Lyrics)
Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)
As my granddaughter and I sat in our seat awaiting lift-off as the plane roared down the runway, I was once again amazed that planes can fly.
As we soared into the clouds, I thought of all those, so many years ago, who believed in their hearts that man could invent a flying machine. How many times they failed and continued to fail. But one day, they finally got it right, and the first tiny plane soared off the ground. Once the initial problem of being land-bound had been solved, the building of bigger and better planes literally took off.
Perseverance and hope go hand in hand for the Christian, for if God has put a desire within our hearts that lines up with His will, we can rest assured that it is possible and will become a reality if we do not abandon hope but continue to persevere.
David was anointed to become king when he was just a lad, but it took at least fifteen years and tremendous hardship before his kingship became a reality.
When Noah is first mentioned in Genesis 5:32, he was five hundred years old, but when he entered the ark, he was six hundred years old. Obviously, the building of the ark from start to finish took a very long time.
It took poor Moses forty years to lead the stubborn and rebellious Israelites from Egypt to the entrance to the Promised Land. I bet he often wondered if the journey would ever end.
All of these people had a hope — a hope that they knew in their hearts was from God — a hope that, at least at times, really must have felt hopeless and impossible. Yet, as they trusted God as their helper and strength, each one of them persevered and saw their hope soar into the flight of fulfillment.
Do you have a God-given hope in your heart today? If so, then fly with it. Even if you wonder how on earth it can ever become a reality, persevere with God as your helper, and never ever give up, for with Him, all things are possible, including the soaring fulfillment of your hope.
Prayer: Father God, thank You that nothing is impossible when You have called us to it. Bless each of us with the strength and perseverance that we need to see the hopes that You have placed within our hearts take flight and soar into fulfillment. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.