Have you ever experienced a sermon that has obviously related to multiple members of the congregation in different ways?
Tonight was one of those…
The sermon was speaking on the relation of the story of Jacob, Esau and Isaac in the Hebrews 11 verses on faith and hope (connected to the story in genesis).
My mind tends to trail so for those of you who were actually at Matthais Lot tonight you might have a hard time understanding how I came to this conclusion but here we go (feel free to comment if this makes no sense).
I have been having a rough time with the idea of hope lately. Analyzing it in class this semester alongside various conversations/sermon my favorite verse Hebrews 11:1 began to become more and more challenging. Hope from the distorted perspective I had established meant hoping that God would work things out to suit your perspectives of a good life on Earth, now i knew this came with challenges on the way, but I just kept hoping in that end outcome of all these troubles of today finally reaching a point on this Earth that allowed for satisfaction. Somehow I assumed that all the worries facing today that challenge tomorrow would be erased in some distant tomorrow of the Kayla Fantasy land. Now some of you are likely thinking, “well isn’t that what the Bible says? That God will work things out for the better of our good?” Well yes, but I feel like we have so often allowed ourselves to believe, or at least I have, that this good would be equal to the perfect life I had dreamed of for myself.
Well Hope is not meant to work that way. God’s hope for our lives lives outside of earthly presets. Therefore there will be challenge and there will be confusion. Things won’t make sense, and you may not recieve that perfect outcome you were waiting for, but here is the thing. God is here right now. He is the hope everpresent. He is hoping for us to realize Him in everyday just as we are hoping that he will make everyday right for us. Allowing this thought to rule our mind is like saying our hope is a contract of which God owes us. He owes us nothing. Thus we owe him everything. Our hope is meant to out stand the troubles of this life, for his plan provides hope outside of this world. Thus the hope. The thing that has drawn me so close to God as a child, and challenged me the most in these past months, is the one thing that keeps faith … well… faith.
One can not sit waiting for that perfect ending, in doing so you are leaving behind the perfect beginnings God is trying to work through you right now. He is Hope, the ultimate picture when the final piece of the puzzle is placed, but in hoping we trust in him placing our piece no matter who or where it lands next to. We work our light in that place, and through God in the moment; not the past and future, but the present, trusting that he will cover the rest.
Ok. If you can follow my brain thought through all of that you might actually be more A.D.D. than I, but I hope it at least made some sort of sense.
The song before the sermon was this:
"I’m coming back to the heart of worship, cause it’s all about you, it’s all about you lord Jesus, I’M SORRY LORD, for the things I HAVE MADE IT, because IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU."