by George H. Morrison

The God of Hope
George H. Morrison
Romans 15:13

In the Hebrew language, as scholars know, there are several different words for rain from which we gather that in Hebrew life rain was something of very great importance. It is the same, though in the realm of spirit, with the names of God in the letters of St. Paul. The variety of divine names there betrays the deepest heart of the apostle. Think, for instance, of the names one lights on in this fifteenth chapter of the Romans, all of them occurring incidentally. He is the God of patience and of consolation (v. 5). I trust my readers have all found Him that. He is the God of peace (v. 33), keeping in perfect peace every one whose mind is stayed on Him. He is the God of hope (v. 13), touching with radiant hopefulness everything that He has made, from the mustard-seed to the children of mankind.

Think, for instance, how beautifully evident is the hopefulness of God in nature. Our Lord was very keenly alive to that. There is much in nature one cannot understand, and no loving communion will interpret it. There is a seeming waste and cruelty in nature that often lies heavy on the heart. But just as everything is beautiful in nature that the hand of man had never tampered with, so what a glorious hopefulness she breathes! Every seed cast into the soil, big with hopefulness of coming harvest. Every sparrow in the winter ivy, hopeful of the nest and of the younglings. Every brook rising in the hills and brawling over the granite in the glen, hopeful of its union with the sea. Winter comes with iciness and misery, but in the heart of winter is the hope of spring. Spring comes tripping across the meadow, but in the heart of spring there is the hope of summer. Summer comes garlanded with beauty, but in the heart of summer is the hope of autumn when sower and reaper shall rejoice together. Paul talks of the whole creation groaning and travailing in pain together. But a woman in travail is not a hopeless woman. Her heart ...

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