Humans are made of three things: spirit, soul and body. The spirit has five faculties: hope, faith, reverence, prayer and worship. There are two types of hope: human and divine. Humanity is carnal, sinful in nature. Therefore, it is imperfect. Human hope common to all human societies is optimistic desire. There is no guarantee with human hope. Now Divine hope is optimistic assurance.
This type of hope is our guarantee. Praise God for an assurance with life in relationship in Him. In the Old Testament language, Hebrew, SETH means compensation. Seth was the son born to Adam and Eve after Cain killed Abel. So Seth was the compensation in Eve’s life for abrupt absence of Abel. Seth was the physical manifestation of divine hope.
God whispers to us in our spirit through messages at church or in conversations with people that no matter what things look like His word does not change. Along the journey towards faith some people must discover hope. The resilience of the human spirit is justified by divine hope. God gives us divine hope because He’s a God of equity which in turn fills us with optimism.
When hope is under constant attack, something we desire will ultimately be fulfilled. In the past three years since having a stroke, I’ve been on five formal interviews for full time work (I’ve been freelancing on projects in between in order to sustain my life). I didn’t land ANY of the full time positions (the most recent one was two weeks ago), but I’m filled with divine hope.
Although I don’t see the opportunities ahead, I have an assurance in my spirit that I’ll be offered exactly what I’ve been waiting for. It’s so unexplainable that all I can say is that I’m pregnant with SETH – THE DIVINE HOPE OF COMPENSATION! Over the past three years, I’ve adopted a philosophy based on my own past failures; therefore, I made it my destiny to embrace my own failure as my life.
Today I feel – no – I know that my desire to eat, grow myself and stay out of foreclosure will be fulfilled. I haven’t believed anything in three years and for some reason this morning God has given me the gift of faith. I’m so fired up that I had to share this with you all.
“Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.”
– Psalm 119:138 (KJV)
“Thank You, Father, for the gift of faith. Thank You for trusting me and choosing me to be a part of Your kingdom. Only You know the plans that You have for me. Thank You for Your love, love enough to sacrifice Your son to save the world. Thank You for allowing me to be impregnated with SETH. You gave Your son, and now I will birth this devotional to encourage someone’s life who feels that her faith is out of reach. You are a God of abundance, not lack and I praise You for…”