The church today, as always, needs hope to endure, faith to act, and wisdom to know how to personally apply God’s Word.
The character quality of hope shines forth in the life of the Christian. No matter the difficulty or trial, the believer, standing in hope and knowing that the best is yet to come, joyfully reflects the image of His Redeemer.
Rest assured that this hope that the believer possesses is not blind hope, nor mere wishful thinking. Rather it is truly based upon the assurances of grasping and holding on to the promises found in God’s Word.
Now the faith that we possess is also an extension of the hope to which we cling. It cannot be shaken. It cannot be moved. Our faith is set upon the solid rock of Jesus Christ, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. Faith is solidly based upon divine assurance and truly is a gift of God. Men are required to believe in order to acquire salvation. Yet Paul, writing to the Ephesians told them that this faith was the gift of God. This gift, this grace, is given by God and cannot be generated by one’s own power. Paul explains that if faith was something that we produced of our own accord, we’d only boast about it in tying it to our own efforts and works. (Ephesian 2:8,9)
James in his letter wrote, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5) The wisdom to which James is alluding is the godly wisdom needed to live life pleasing to God. It is not wisdom for which many philosophers through the ages have sought after, but could never truly find. It is the wisdom that seeks to live a life in complete accordance to God’s will and purposes. Such divine wisdom gives the believer the hope to endure, the faith to stand, and the life that finds satisfaction in nothing else than being pleasing to its Creator and Redeemer.
“Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)