I recently turned 40 years old. A few days before then, I was looking back over life, and I realized the Lord had been surprising me on a consistent basis. Over the last year, there have been events that have taken place that I didn’t really expect to happen, people that have either come in or gone out of the life of our family, gifts that we have received and others we have been impressed upon to give. There were things we did not expect, things we almost dared not ask for, and things we had all but given up hoping for. Yet, through it all, the Lord has been ever-present and faithful.
It was in the thought of all but giving up hope for some things, that I was reminded of a scene from the movie, The Return of the King, from The Lord of the Rings, based on the book(s) by J. R. R. Tolkien. In this particular scene, Gandalf and Pippin are on a balcony in Minas Tirith, waiting for the assault to come from the enemy. As he stares into the pending darkness, Pippin asks Gandalf, “Is there any hope, Gandalf, for Frodo and Sam?” To which Gandalf replies, “There never was much hope. Just a fool’s hope.”
Not that it is ever foolish to hope in the Lord, but we know He “has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise…” (1 Corinthians 1:27, read 26-31 for context). And so, here we are with a choice before us. We can choose to become wise and strong in our own eyes, by our own efforts, as the world would call strength and wisdom. Or we can be what the world would consider to be fools, walking in the wisdom and strength of the Lord. We can hope beyond our depths, and trust beyond what our eyes can see. Hoping and trusting that Christ is capable of all things. Indeed, He is capable of all things, except failure. Saints, He is incapable of failing! Oh, that we would remember this truth in our darkest hours.
You, oh Lord, are incapable of failure. You, Who laid the foundations of the earth. You, Who has measured the depths of the seas. You, Who spoke the expanse of the galaxies into existence and called each start by name…You can not fail! And so, may we, as Your people, called according to Your purpose, be fools for You! Fools who hope and trust in a Christ, Who puts powers and principalities to shame by His very name! A Christ, Who causes His life to increase upon the earth for His name’s sake! You alone are Lord! There is no other.
Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”