The Hope of Sanctification
I sat at my Mamaw’s feet listening intently to her words. She told me stories from her Jackson mountain childhood and struggles as a young mom with 4 kids and a bone disease. She reminisced about things my Papaw used to say and how they fell in love.
Each recalled story, intricately laced together with grace.
Her body, mind and circumstances have changed. She’s loved and she’s lost. But one thing remained the same through the years. Her faithful Lord.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV)
We Have This Hope
As believers, we have a hope that is sure. One that reaches far past wishful thinking. We know one glorious day, Christ will come for us and all will be made right again. We know his faithfulness will not allow him to forsake his promise.
But oftentimes, we forget that there is much hope in the waiting in between as well
Everything we experience; every heartbreak and tragedy, is not meaningless. The Lord uses all things, good or bad, to shape his children into his likeness. And friends, that is a hopeful thing!
Nothing is Wasted
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV)
Your good is your sanctification. If you have been called by God, you can be sure that he will reveal his goodness in your life by molding you into who you are meant to be in Christ. What a beautiful truth for us to cling to!
The loss of a spouse, the miscarriage, the unemployment, the disease…all of it!
All will be used by your loving Father in Heaven. Nothing is wasted!
Just as he has used the life circumstances of my beautiful Mamaw to make her into the godly woman she is today, he will do the same for each one of his daughters.
Whatever you’re facing today, you can trust him. He is good and he is so very faithful.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)