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Unseen Hope - Encouragement Café - January 15

Unseen Hope
 By Paris Renae

Fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

This life is all about changes – for a girl who doesn’t like change, it's a bit unsettling. Ask my husband. I can live in the same house all my days and be content, order the same thing at my favorite restaurant and laugh through the meal like it’s the best ever. But take me out of my element and smiles fade.

And yet I see the hard of this world and know things need to change. A few thousand years separate us from once perfection.

Only the first man and woman knew what it was like before the downward spiral we now find ourselves in. They were also the first to trust that the God who they intimately knew would somehow make a way. Hope.

Hope - still sustaining us all these years later and assuring us there is still perfection for those who believe

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.Hebrews 11:1 NIV

You and I can't see beyond the dark curtain of hospital rooms or terrorist attacks. But we can be certain that God is never caught off guard and glory is being made from it all. Don't let lies tell you God can only use good deeds - there is no evil act too powerful for God. He can bring forth greatness we can't fathom this side of eternity.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV

As much as change will accompany all our days, we can rest in the one thing that never changes: God's love for us and that He has made a perfect way.

The same God who made endless galaxies and snowflakes - who set in motion changing seasons and hearts longing for no more tears - is the same God who holds all our brokenness and is making wonders beyond anything we can imagine.

No, we don't see how He does it, that's where faith comes in - and even faith is His gift to our searching hearts.

Father, Thank You for the gift of faith, on my own I can’t even find that. You see me and know me and all the craziness around me can’t squelch the Hope of Jesus. Peace and rest are found in You because You are the same and never change. Your plans are for our good; give us hearts that believe it more each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

© 2019 by Paris Renae. All rights reserved.

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