Now faith is the subtance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith and hope. Faith leads us to hope, and hope sustains our faith. They work together, like mercy and truth. What would faith be if hope did not carry it on and cause it to endure? Or what would hope be if faith gave it no precedent on which to act? We build by faith with the hope that God will give the increase. But though we build our "nest" of faith, it still lies empty for a time. We wait. We hope. We are not yet complete, we have not yet received, we have not yet obtained. We believe that He is faithful. We build with full anticipation that He will fill; that He which begun the good work, with carry it on to completion. But while we wait, there is still this reality of emptiness, of patience, of longing.
But there is also the reality of a new season. A season not any more of emptiness, or waiting, or longing, but of fulfilled hopes, and rewarded faith, of filling, and completing.
So wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He will strengthen you. Wait... wait on the LORD. Because they that wait upon the LORD will not only renew their strength; they will exceed it. They will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run, and not be weary; and they will walk, and not faint. What we build by the direction of the Lord in faith will not be thrust back at our faces in mockery by the Author of faith itself. We have hope in His faithfulness, and faith that He will fulfill our hopes.
Hope does not disappoint.
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