Everlasting Hope

Sometimes, life can get us down. Cars break down, our health may not be where we want it, jobs cause stress, bills are knocking on our door, and children decide they have their own minds and opinions. It’s enough to drive a person to distraction. All of these circumstances are faced by those who have spouses who share faith and those who are married, but single in faith.

I had a conversation with a woman one day while I was donating blood. She shared her frustration with her husband’s refusal to “get up and go” with her to church. She had faith, he did not. This young woman shared her disappointment in God for not answering her prayers. She talked about how she had been praying for the past six years and her husband was still an unbeliever. This is an area of struggle and pain that plagues many believers. How do we hold on to our hope when years pass and we don’t see a positive answer to the prayers we faithfully send up?

Romans 8:24 tells us – For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he {already} sees?
– New American Standard Version (1995)

For those of us who love (or have a past relationship) with someone who does not have faith, their inability to have hope in something unseen (God) can be frustrating. How come they can’t see the glory of God in the beauty of a flower, the eyes of our child or an unexpected positive occurrence? Our spouses (and exes) believe in the here and now. They hold onto faith in the fruits of their own labor.

One thing to consider is our perception of time. Praying daily for someone we love to be open to a relationship with God without seeing evidence of a changing heart can cause us to feel sad, hopeless or discouraged as we continue to wait. I want to encourage you to keep hope alive. This life we live is training for our eternity. God is still a God who listens to the prayers of His people. Remember what He said:

2 Peter 3:8 & 9 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

We need to hold on to our hope and continue to pray for those we love. While we wait, let’s enjoy the company of those we love with an everlasting hope.