“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

// Romans 5:56

From the overflow of knowing God’s love comes the confidence to hope for a Kingdom that can’t be seen. We have a good, good Father, one who not only scarified His Son so that we could know Him, but also gave us a helper, the Holy Spirit, to encourage and equip us for the journey. It says earlier in Romans that through Jesus we have been justified and stand in peace with God, with full access to His limitless grace. Grounded in that foundation, it says we are to boast in the hope of the glory of God. But, are we boasting?

The Father calls us by name into His love, free of expectation. Romans 5:5 says, “God’s love has been poured out [past tense] into our hearts” and “the Holy Spirit has been given [also past tense] to us.” This means that right now, in this very moment, we have full access to His love. So, how do we stir up hope? Not through might, not through trying to be optimistic, but by getting to know His own Spirit, the Holy Spirit, who already lives within us. When we experience the fullness of God’s love we are able to rest in confident expectation and live the life He is calling us into.

A good music teacher will often remind their students that every hour they put into practicing their instrument will build within them a toolbox of knowledge, equipping and preparing them for whatever feelings or distractions may stir up during a performance. The same is true in our walk with God. We may not always understand why we are walking through or learning what we are, but He is building in us – through His Holy Spirit – a toolbox of revelations of His love for us.

That’s why we can boldly hope! Hope not just for the rational, but the miraculous. Our hope doesn’t put us to shame because God chose us before we chose Him. It is in this sacrificial love we stand, confident and able to take short sprints of faith, as well as jogging at a steady pace our life-long journey. Together, we are a team of cross-country adventurers who dare to set our course towards a kingdom we can’t even see, boasting along the way in the hope of the glory of God.

// Janel Navran