No Coincidences: The Source of Hope

Nobody’s here by accident.

My friend Al used to say that often. It confused me, because I thought Al was saying we should understand why we were there. I figured everyone else knew their purpose, and I had no clue.

Besides, we’re all free, right? The fact that a particular group happened to show up in the same church on one particular Sunday time was a coincidence, right? Right?

I don’t believe much in coincidence any more.

You decided to read these words, and you’re reading them for some reason. I don’t know it and you may not, either. It’s part of the mystery of a world in which the Holy Spirit operates in ways beyond my understanding.

I’ve said this before: mystery doesn’t mean I know nothing; it does mean I don’t know everything. I’m okay with that.

One morning last week Becky said, “I’d like to read this verse to you.” She’s been encouraging me to talk more deeply about the source of my hope, and she thought this passage might help.

She didn’t know I’d just completed a post titled Faith, Hope, And Courage. She didn’t know I was thinking about faith rooted in the past pointing to hope based in the promise of the future.

… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-23

Faith that looks back at promises kept. Hope based on confidence in the faithfulness of the one who promised.

Apparently it’s a message I need to hear right now.

Maybe you as well?

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