Since last week’s blog on Hope I have received several cards, a coffee mug, and engaged in several conversations about Hope! Even on Monday morning as I sat down to write this entry I opened my journal and Romans 5:5 jumped off the page.
Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
After multiple encounters with hope this past week I am intentionally tuning into what the Spirit wants me to hear. Romans 5:5 is a perfect scripture to describe why I believe our Good Father places us in the Cloud of Unknowing.
Take a moment to read the four verses that precede Romans 5:5, notice the words faith and hope are used to describe moving within the cloud journey and experiencing the amazing overwhelming love of the Father.
Faith in the work of Jesus brings us into a right relationship with the Father and keeps us in a secure place of hope-even in the midst of trials His love will never let us go.
Faith + Hope = the Love of the Father
Last week I talked with a good friend who has been experiencing a cloud for quite sometime. In the midst of deep pain the Holy Spirit met him as he was watching his granddaughter peacefully sleep. It was during this time that his heart was overwhelmed by this precious, innocent, helpless infant. The Spirit reminded my friend, “this is how I love you my son.” He was brought to tears as he shared this holy moment with me.
God speaks to us though the Holy Spirit in different ways to remind each of us that the greatest gift of learning to live in the cloud is by faith and hope; these truths lead us to remember that, we are not orphans but we belong to a loving Father.
I’m convinced the Father uses the Cloud of Unknowing to bring us to the greatest of truths poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit: We are not orphans, but beloved son’s and daughter’s. This priceless gift of love transforms us from the inside out and gives us a deeper desire for the will of our Heavenly Father and His glory!
If you are experiencing a cloud, keep walking forward in faith and hope in His promises. Go forth with relentless trust that the Father’s love IS in the midst of the cloud with you, and an even greater measure through His Spirit is coming for your good and His glory.
And now these three things remain: Faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:13