Paradise Lost? (Not So Fast)

The young man looked at his wife with utter disappointment. “How could you have done this?”, he snarled. She wiped away her very first tears and wondered why all of a sudden she was to blame, when he was there too.  Why did her covering, her king, not stand up to her, cover her, protect her?  Now, all was lost and they had to face the music.  Suddenly, like clockwork, at the appointed time, they heard him coming.  Gripped with  fear at the sound of parting vegetation and the whistling cool gentle breeze, the husband held his wife close as they hid themselves. It was at that moment they were introduced to hope.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. ” Genesis 3:15

Translation: “I will not leave you in the state that you are in. I have a plan. I will send my son who will make all things new.”

We often confuse hope with wishing. To wish for something is like playing the lottery; while hope is defined as a confident expectation of future good.  There is a difference!

Confident expectation is your direct deposit hitting your bank at the appointed time.  In fact, most of us start spending it days before it actually appears.  Confident expectation is you swiping your debit card on that day without going to the bank to lay eyes on “your” money that was deposited.

As believers we should have full confidence in the finished work of Jesus. His precious blood paid for our healing, prosperity, soundness, safety, deliverance, and favor. No matter what happens in life, we have hope.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ” Romans 8:28

So the next time that “snake in the grass” (Satan) introduces fear of loss to you, look him dead in the eye and pull a Lee Corso on him and say “Not so fast!”

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