Our Resources In Christ, Part 3of5, Evans Olang

Ephesians 1:18,” the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling…”

Paul prayed 2. “for understanding that believers would know the hope of His calling”. It is with these alone that we discern the things of God. Being first opened, and then enlightened – by His Spirit. How easy it is to lose hope when you forget who is on board and who called you. I would align assurance, confidence, faith side by side with hope. Hope is the expectation of good.

Christianity is our calling. God has called us to it, and on that account it is said to be His calling. There is a hope in this calling; for those who deal with God deal upon trust. And it is a desirable thing to know what this hope of our calling is, to have such an acquaintance with the immense privileges of God’s people, and the expectations they have from God, and with respect to the heavenly world, as to be quickened thereby to the utmost diligence and patience in the Christian course.

Luke 8:22-, gives an account of how Jesus told the disciples to cross with Him to the other side. This required a boat, vs. 22-23, “22And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy”. Here was a situation that threatened their lives, a great windstorm which rocked their boat to the point that water was beginning to fill the boat threatening to break it into pieces. For a moment, they lost hope and all that they could see was death. They forgot the hope of His calling especially Christ being in the boat with them. When they came to their senses, they went to wake up fast asleep Jesus who was very comfortable in the storm with their complaint, “…Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”, (Mark 4:38). They accused the Son of God for not caring. When we lose hope, it’s easy to default to accusations like these disciples. We wonder if the Lord cares, we wonder if He is present. Those who know the hope of His calling don’t have to see to believe, they don’t have to feel to know, the assurance they have is that Christ in the them, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). We may feel like He is fast asleep in the boat, the comfort we all need is that Christ the Son of God, God Himself can never drown.

Luke 8:24-25, “24…Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” His disciples should have encouraged themselves with His presence and ply the oar of prayer rather than their other oars and accusations. Their confidence should have lay in this, that they had their Master with them; and the ship that has Christ in it, though it may be tossed, cannot sink; the bush that has God in it, though it may burn, shall not consume.

I believe the same way Paul would have wanted the readers of this letter to know the hope of His calling, to pray the same in preparations for some of the windstorms of life and to have that assurance that He who called them will never leave them nor forsake them. A number lose their peace and joy when the road gets bumpy, this ought not to be, if anything it should strengthen us that Christ is our hope. If Christ called us, He will keep us, Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”. Hope is another resource in Christ, may you make this your prayer, “Lord, open the eyes of my understanding that I may know the Hope of your calling in my life”, to continue, blessings Ev

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