• Coach Shonda McCray

Resilience: We Have Hope

In our last two posts, I have been writing about the problem of suffering, the need for resilience, and the reason why we can be resilient. Today, I want us to focus on how we can become resilient.

I think the problem a lot of us have when we are in the middle of difficult circumstances is that we often do not have hope. We find it difficult to see how anything good can come out of the suffering we see. The result is that we become the complete opposite of resilient.

Resiliency requires hope.

The thing is, as Christians, we have the ultimate hope. We know this in our heads, but sometimes that does not appear to translate to our hearts. And when we don’t grasp the reality of our hope, we find it difficult to overcome our situations in a healthy way. We lack resilience because we lack hope.

On Christ, the solid rock of hope we stand.

In Romans 5:1-11, Paul reminds us that we have peace with God through Jesus Christ. And with that peace, we have access into His grace. We also have hope. A hope that does not disappoint us because it is from God.

But what is our hope? As Paul goes on, he tells us that our hope is found in the Gospel. Even while we were still sinners, God loved us and sent His son to die for us. In doing so, He brought about reconciliation and a restoration of the relationship between us and Him. Our hope is found in the reality that because of this restoration, we are saved.

Now, obviously, we can’t see the full results of our salvation because it isn’t complete. God still is working in us to make us holy and prepare us to spend eternity with Him. We are saved, yes. But in a sense, we are still being saved. There is still work to be done in our hearts and in our souls.

The hope of our adoption.

Paul explains it this way in Romans 8:22-25 “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

In other words, we have been claimed as spiritual adoption and He considers us His own, but the adoption process has not yet been finalized. How does this work? If you do not have any experience with adoption, the process (at least here in the United States) usually includes a period of time in which the children live with their adoptive parents while their adoption is being finalized in the court system. Their adoptive parents consider them to be theirs, but the legal paperwork and court process is still being completed. It’s sort of this already and not yet concept. The adoption has already begun, but it is not yet complete.

The same is true of our relationship to God and the spiritual adoption we are going through as His children. We are living in His house and He claims us as His own, but the process has not yet been completed.

But, as adoptive children of God, we still have the hope of that process being complete. He has promised us that He will. And we know He loves us and will keep that promise.

That is our hope. And that hope is what gives us the ability and motivation to withstand every trial we encounter. We overcome because we know the One who has chosen us as His children and who is in the process of finalizing our adoption as His heirs.

I hope that you've enjoyed this week's journal entry and you will return next week. My goal is to send love and encouragement to you and your household. Wherever you are in your journey, know that you are not alone. God is with you...

Thank you for reading.

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