On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us. – 2 Corinthians 1:10
Do you know what I think the most important word in this passage is?
Wait … what do you think it is?
HOPE is a good word! Hope is expectation. It is desire. It also includes a bit of trust, doesn’t it? I desire a blessing with some measure of confidence that it can, should, might, will appear. Indeed, when I truly trust in the Lord, I have hope – no matter the circumstances. Thus, hope is a good word … but it’s not the word I’m thinking of.
DELIVER must be the word, then. Right? Throughout Scripture, our Lord is shown as our deliverer! God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt. God delivered Daniel from the jaws of a lion. God delivered the disciples from the storm on the sea. God (and His Son) delivered Lazarus from the tomb. God deliverers his people from fear, from sickness, from doubt and discouragement and unforgiveness, from selfishness and pride. Deliverance is a huge biblical word! But again it’s not the word I’m thinking of.
So do you know the word? It’s CONTINUE! “Continue” has a sense of perspective … and even thanksgiving. “Continue” prompts me to remember all of the blessings in my life. “Continue” reminds me to give thanks for all the trials he’s delivered me from in the past (even, perhaps, the ones I’m not aware of). If you’re a person of faith, have you ever stopped to thank God for choosing you? For delivering you from sin and death and allowing you access into his Kingdom of Light? If you have measures of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and goodness, have you thanked him for delivering you from anger, sadness, anxiety, impatience, bitterness, and wantonness? If he’s delivered you before, “HOPE” is the confidence that “he will CONTINUE to DELIVER” you.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who continues
to see be thankful
for God’s blessings