“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1-5
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
…in Matthew 15 and Mark 7, we read of a woman whose daughter was demon-possessed:
Great crowds of people came to see Jesus and to hear His every word…
and to possibly receive of the mighty miracles of which they all had heard.
In Matthew 15, we read of a Gentile woman of Tyre and Sidon who came.
Great was her hope to receive, for her daughter, even of crumbs, through Jesus’ name.
When Jesus said that He’d been sent only to the sheep of Israel who were lost,
she spoke with courage–refusing the thought that her daughter should remain storm-tossed.
“Oh, woman, great is your faith. Let it be to you as you desire,” Jesus said.
Likewise, in a trial, we can believe…to see God’s grace to help us through instead.
P. A. Oltrogge
Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus….
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful….Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
Hebrews 10:23, 35-36
We walk by faith, not by sight…keep looking to God for things to be made right.
When what you see does not agree with what He has promised, then “be like a tree…”
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8