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Hope

Just a couple of snippets during my blogging drought. I started studying Colossians, which I intend to do for a very long time, but I’ve taken a break from that too.

Here are a couple of things from my notes on Colossians, and a quote from a book on Titus, which I will be reviewing.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in our prayers for you. 4 We thank God because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. 5 You have these because of the hope which is kept safe for you in heaven. Some time ago you heard about this hope in the Good News which is the message of truth.
Colossians 1:3-5

thinking about and banking on and living in the expectation of the hope that awaits us in Christ in heaven is of immense practical, life-changing, faith-awakening, love-inspiring benefit.

–Sam Storms

‘the hope’ is the totality of the blessings that awaits the Christian life to come; it is a metonymy for this as opposed to an inward disposition. An objective fact produces subjective attitudes.

–Murray Harris, Exegetical Guide To the Greek New Testament, pg 15, lines have been rearranged

I’m learning a lot from this book. I sort of know just enough Greek to kind of understand some what is being written. See how often the hope is used in the New Testament:

For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
Galatians 5:5 NRSV

while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:13 NRSV

we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us.
Hebrews 6:18 NRSV

We were saved with this hope in mind. If we hope for something we already see, it’s not really hope. Who hopes for what can be seen?
Romans 8:24 GW – this has both senses of hope

Faith leads to hope and hope sustains faith.

Titus For You by Tim Chester, on Titus 1:2

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness–in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
Titus 1:1-2 TNIV

Surgery and Pleasing God Through Hoping In Him

After having two failed back surgeries, I will be having surgery on Friday to have a lumbar pain pump installed to deliver a small amount of medication directly to the ‘intrathecal space’ in the low back, which is just inside the epidural space, like where pregnant women get injected to numb (supposedly? I don’t know) the pain of childbirth. Think of it as the spinal canal. I had a successful test run of this with the pump outside my body and the tube (called a catheter–a word which men shutter when they hear it–especially those of us who have actually had one put in, and taken out of that place!). This helped the pain all the way down to my feet, although I still had what I call ‘sitting pain’ or pelvic floor pain, which is a different issue.

back-pain

I don’t mind surgery much, but it’s the recovery and my body getting used to various changes in medications, adjustments with the pump and other things associated with my other conditions. It’s not like they just put it in and I feel great and live happily ever after. So that’s my concern and what I’m anxious about. The time after my last surgery was terrible, although that was a double fusion–a much bigger deal than this.

Spiritually, God has been emphasizing Scripture where he is pleased with us when we fear, hope and trust him.

Psalm 147:11
The LORD is pleased with those who fear him,
with those who wait with hope for his mercy.

Lamentations 3:25
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to anyone who seeks help from him.

I want to please my Father in this way. Not for merit, but because it’s what he wants, deserves, and is for our good. Maybe if you haven’t thought about these things, this post could give you something to think and pray about. It has brought about a change in me and I’m less nervous than I was 2-4 weeks ago. We’ll see how I feel the day before.

If you would like to pray for me, please pray that along with things going well, like no complications, especially infection, but more importantly that I would continue to focus on what God has been showing me and to be looking up (Col 3:1-3) whatever happens. If the recovery and transition are difficult, that I would receive grace and take refuge in God. Also for perseverance knowing that my faith is being refined.

Quote of the Day: Hopelessness

Hopelessness is the doorway to hope. You have to give up on you before you will be excited about the hope that is yours in Christ Jesus.

Paul Tripp, via Twitter

1 Cor 15:19-22 HCSB
If we have placed our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone. 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.