Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Casting Out

Casting Out

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:2-5 

There are many different ways to catch many fish such as using weighted nets and trawling nets to name a few. When casting out any net, there is a great expectation of hope and that something good is possible. It is said that the charm of fishing is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. 

What is hope? The definition is, “a likelihood of success. A chance that something desirable will happen or is possible.” Hope has its rewards: joy and peace. Romans 15:13 speaks of hope this way, Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Casting our cares to God gives us the hope that builds faith. But what is faith? The book of Hebrews says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We can’t see hope or faith, but like the fisherman who casts his net in faith and hopes for a bounty of fish, we must believe it is there.

When we go through trials, it is important to stand on faith that something good will come from our difficulty.  That all things glorify God. And when we are in the good times and the season we are in is glorious, we must not forget to continue to commune with God and seek His Word so that faith and hope grow deeper as we abide in Him.


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