“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 (KJV)
While searching for the word hope in the Bible I noticed that so often the word hope found in the scriptures refers back to the scriptures. In the King James Version the literal word hope is found 130 times. I want to tell you - the actual experience of “hope” is also found in the Word.
Without hope we are nothing. Hope for tomorrow brings energy to life and excitement about the blooms that will be a result of our planted seed of hope. The bloom of hope fades quickly, however, when it is planted with selfish desires, self centered planning, me and mine only goals or even misplaced prayers. The everlasting “hope” and the everlasting bloom of eternity are the flowers of hope I want to plant.
My favorite flower is the mystical and elusive gardenia. Some may say a part of its attraction lies in the fact that its beauty is so fleeting, and yet I find myself a bit sad when the fragrance fades and the silky white peddles begin to turn. The flower of eternity will not pass away, but will retain its beauty like that of an everlasting gardenia.
The free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ is where I have planted my seed of hope and its bloom will amaze me throughout eternity. I will not become accustomed to His sweet fragrance nor will I ever tire of looking upon His beautiful face.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
Taken from The Solid Rock by Edward Mote (1797-1874)