DayBreaks for 10/21/13 – Of Rats and Hope
Romans 5:5 (NIV) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
I don’t know anyone who loves rats, but even rats can teach us something about hope. I don’t know who did this experiment nor when it was done, but if you take a rat and put it into a bucket of water, it will swim for 15 minutes before it gives up and drowns. But, if you lift the rat out so it can catch its breath for even a few moments just before it gives up, it will swim for another 15 minutes. And then, if you lift it out again for a few moments and put it back, it will swim for another 15 minutes. And it will do that for 5 days.
Why? It is believed to be motivated by being lifted out….it is given hope, so it will continue on and endure for an extraordinary period of time. Once it loses hope, however, it dies. And it can lost that hope after just 15 minutes if it doesn’t believe that there is a chance of its life continuing by getting out of the bucket.
Christian hope is believed by many to be just wishful thinking. That’s not what Christian hope is about. It’s not wishful thinking – it is confidence. We don’t just hope that Jesus will come back some day – Christians are confident of it because Jesus promised us that he would be back. We don’t just hope that we’ll “make it” into heaven – we’re confident of it because Jesus doesn’t lose even one of those whom God has given him. We don’t just hope that things will work out – we are confident they will because we have a loving Father who has made us the apple of His eye and He has the power and ability to make good on that promise, too.
Hope. Without it, we die. With it, we can persevere, knowing that all shall be well!
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for the hope that sustains us in even the darkest of hours in this life. Thank you that YOU are the bedrock of our hope, our sure foundation and the keeper of promises! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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