Why are you cast down, O my Soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
My salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:5)
We face turmoils in our lives because we hope in tomorrow. Who can see his tomorrow? Are you certain you will see tomorrow? Without tomorrow, our hope in future, whether that be marriage or career, is meaningless. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. We only live by God’s grace, for if God were to reveal Himself right now, we would all die. That is why Jesus says, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself” (Matthew 6:34).
Instead, hope in God, our salvation. Hope fully in the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ because that is what we are made for.
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we are saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:23-25)
Hoping in our redemption is not easy. That is why God gave us the Holy Spirit. As Oswald Chambers says, we are to be tenacious, which is more than just endurance, because tenacity requires absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire. Simply enduring a trial might be the weakness of being too afraid to fall off, but tenacity is the “supreme effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered.” Jesus Christ has already overcome the world (John 16:33), and he gave us the Holy Spirit to be the guarantee of his invincibility.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)
By the Holy Spirit and by the hope in the already-completed conquest of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can know “that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).