of the glory of God (Rom. 5:2) – Yes, our ultimate hope is found in the glory of God which has been fully expressed in the person of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor. 4:6 states that God has shined His light in our hearts “to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. O, how my heart delights in seeing the face of Jesus, and how I yearn to see Him more.
If our hope is in the glory of God, then nothing could ever shatter that hope. It is a hope that cannot be moved. it cannot be shaken. Because the glory of God is eternal, immovable, and altogether wonderful. Everything that Jesus has done for us (forgiving our sins, reconciling us back into fellowship with the Father, bringing us from darkness into light, loving us so much, preparing a place in heaven for those who trust Him, etc) reveals the amazing goodness of the glory of God. That is why Rom. 8:38 states so beautifully and powerfully, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Friend, if you do not know this Jesus as YOUR Lord and Savior, I encourage you to get on your knees and cry out for Him. It is God who hears the cries of the broken, the ones who realize that they have sinned greatly and have separated themselves from God by doing their own thing. But it is also God who answers the cries of the broken and heals, restores, forgives, delivers, and reveals His glory! We cannot work for this. We can only cry out. It is purely the work of God. He will declare it to be so, not us. Just like creation, He spoke the word and it was so. Think about what it says in 2 Cor. 4:6 of what I mentioned above. Look at the whole verse. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” O, how wonderful that God made His light shine in my heart so that I may see Jesus. What about you?
Ok, the truth is that I sat down to write a post about our daughter Susana and inform all of you how she is doing with her cancer, but since God has opened my eyes to see His wonder and glory, everything that I think about now and desire to write about is wrapped up in His love and truth. I will share about Susana, but let me first finishe my original thought…
So, we see that we can rejoice in the hope of the glory of God as stated in Rom. 5:2, because of Jesus, but we also see that we can rejoice…
in our sufferings – (Rom. 5:3). Yes, with the glory of God being revealed to us, we not only rejoice in the hope that He gives us of His glory, but we also are able to rejoice in suffering. Because the verses following state that “suffering with Christ produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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.” So, you see, even in suffering, we are brought right back to God through the Holy Spirit revealing the hope that we have because God loves us so much.
So, why do I share this? Because I need to be reminded, as well as many others, that our hope is not in whether our circumstances in life are good or bad, favorable or unfavorable, bringing life or bringing death. If we have a hope in the glory of God that is unshakable, then we have much reason to rejoice. If we have a love from God from which nothing can separate us, whether it be death or life, angels or demons, etc, then we can rejoice always. I mean, lets take just the negative words from that scripture so that we see further the power of His love. So, if we just looked at the negative words, it would state, “For I am convinced that neither death, demons, future (unknown), powers, or depth (of any struggle or pain), nor anything in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” AMAZING LOVE!!!!
Ok, regarding Susana and the reports that we got back from the doctor – everything looks great!!!! And we rejoice in God. But even if they looked bad, my point is for us to understand that, in Christ, we still have great reason to rejoice and stand unshakable.
Susana, who started this ordeal with a big golf ball size tumor on her adrenal gland, and many other tumors all throughout her body, including in her bone marrow and liver, now has only one tumor (the main tumor) that has shrunk down to the size of a walnut and has solidified itself so that it can be easily removed and a small other tumor on her stomach about the size of a dime that also can be easily removed. That’s it! There are no other visible tumors in her body! Nothing in her bone marrow either. The doctors are very pleased with the results of the chemo thus far. The surgeons stated that they are confident that the tumors can be removed quite easily. The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. It should last about 2 hours, and when she comes out of surgery, our little girl will not have any tumors in her body at all! O, I get emotional just in writing that line. We are very happy, and we certainly rejoice in how we see Him moving in Susana’s life as well as our whole family.
After surgery, she will stay inpatient for a few days just to heal. Then, she will get one last round of chemo before going to Duke for 3 months for the stem cell transplant. After Duke, we will be in Jacksonville, FL for a month for proton radiation therapy. Then, back home for 6 months of antibody treatment. So, even though she will not have any visible tumors as of Wed, we still need to continue all treatment so that, Lord willing, all cancer cells are forever destroyed and that she never relapses. That is our prayer. But so far, things are going as good as they can be going.
But I write what I write, not to set you all up who were reading with expectation, but to state the truth – Our greatest rejoicing is in a God who loves us, who has revealed His glory to us in the face of Christ Jesus, who gives us a greater joy than the world can ever give, who promises us eternity with Him, who walks daily with us, who will never leave us or forsake us, and who can sustain us even in our deepest darkest hours! O yes, this is our God. In Him, we rejoice.
You see, there are many people right now, some we know and some we don’t, that are battling life threatening diseases such as cancer, and they are not getting good reports from the doctors. Instead of the tumors shrinking, they are growing. Instead of the tumors going away, they are coming back. There are those whose lives are slowly but surely ebbing away. Their hope will not be found in their circumstances. Their circumstances are just not good enough to hope in. The truth is, nobody’s circumstances are good enough to hope in because they can be so fleeting. Only a fool would hope in his circumstances only. No, there is no reason for these that have life threatening diseases to hope in their circumstances. But there is still a reason to hope. In Christ, we have a hope that surpasses all understanding. We stand on a rock that cannot be moved. We rest on a promise that can never be broken. We live in a love that will never fail. And this is why we can rejoice no matter what happens in our life.
My prayers today go to those whose health circumstances are not looking good. I only pray that they would hold fast to the hope that will never disappoint, never die, never fade, and never give up. Pity the person without such hope. – Cody