“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has
been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Father Matta El-Meskeen (Matthew the Poor)
IF CHRISTIAN FAITH is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen1”, then thanks be to God if our hope is not met with
disappointment before You, as all we have to do is ask You. Our hope is alive in
You, awaiting our share that You prepared for us beside You, to be revealed the day
of Your revelation when we will appear with You in your glory2 that is beyond our
minds. But this is Your promise. Your promise daily revives us with the hope that
we will see You and be with You, receiving Your love that You outpour in our
hearts through the Holy Spirit You gave us. We therefore live every day in the hope
of meeting You. You will enrich us and we will therefore be satiated and drink from
the river of Your grace. Our hope in You will not be met with disappointment. It is
the promise of Your love endorsed by Your Holy Spirit which we receive anew
every morning refreshing our hearts, renewing our lives, giving us power to
overcome the world for You, thus being counted Yours.
Your Holy Spirit inspires in us a life of holiness that pleases You. It inspires us
with Your living words speaking in us, thus teaching us Your objectives which the
Father had previously set for us since the beginning, before the foundation of this
world, “that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”3, offering us
adoption after having been strangers and enemies. The Father through Christ
reckoned us to be “members of the household of God”4, heirs with the Son as His
own children after we had been rejected through Adam as foreigners.
In glory what wealth and generosity of God! That which He did for us and for
our sakes has made us to be counted as one of the heavenly beings among the host
of His saints and angels. We will thus appear with the revelation of Christ as fellows
of glory after having been rejected sinners.
The wonder of incarnation is that the Son of God became like one of us. We
consequently became through His victorious resurrection over our enemy, death, and
sin, one in Him, and sons to His heavenly Father. The Son of God became incarnate,
for us to become His body and members in His divine fullness.
In glory what wealth and generosity of God! He raised the dust from garbage and
made us sit in glory with the heavenly beings. He erased sin with the blood of His
Son and gave us a new life through His life. He changed us from a fallen creation, to
a new creation through the renewal of the Spirit, the love of the Father, and the
sacrifice of the Son.
After all that He does not demand of us thanks or praise, but His eye is mainly
centered on the sinner, because to Him the righteous are not counted. To the Father
the sinner’s price is more expensive than all humankind. He redeemed him with the
slaughter of His Son on the cross, to be a sacrifice of sin. The Son received the curse
of the earth when He was raised onto the cross. All of this was for the sake of the
sinner to repent.
All this we learnt the day we accepted the precious Christian faith. The sinner’s
return to God became thus our first and last concern. We here call out that sinners
repent, and the righteous turn to service, because the sinners’ return to God, and
receiving righteousness through Christ is our message to the world, for us to rejoice
the return of the sinner to Christ, and the righteous offering a deed to serve God.
1 Heb 11:1.
2 Note Col 3:4.
3 Eph 1:4.
4 Eph 2:19.
I, the sinner, have come to You, O God, accept me,
I have squandered my days in pleasure, and the enemy stole my certificate,
I have no more any joy in the world, for You alone are my goal and end,
The old serpent lured me with his cunning, and stole my primogeniture,
My situation has become like an orphan amid orphans, all deserting me, so accept
My days have gone swiftly as a bobbin5, and the rope of my salvation has
Where do I go, O Lord, as You are my only Merciful,
I confess my sin, and You only know my transgression.
7 July, 2005
5 Part of Job’s prayer Job 7:6. The bobbin of the tailor is known for the speed of its spinning.
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