If your hopes are being disappointed just now it means that they are being purified. There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of that will not be fulfilled. Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly; many things lie unsolved, and the biggest test of all is that God looks as if He were totally indifferent. Remain spiritually tenacious.

In the Bible you never find the note of the pessimist. In the midst of the most crushing conditions there is always an extraordinary hopefulness and profound joy, because God is at the heart. The effective working of Redemption in our experience makes us leap for joy in the midst of things in which other people see nothing but disastrous calamity.

Reflection Questions: What wrong conclusions about God cause me to lose hope? What circumstances cause me to think of God as indifferent? Why does the hope of Redemption require us to go through difficult circumstances?

Quotations taken from God’s Workmanship and The Highest Good, © Discovery House Publishers