It's nice to know that spirituality isn't like that. It doesn't wear you down. It builds you up. The finish line isn't continually being moved out in front of us. Just a little more and we'll have what we desire. No, with spirituality there is one plan, one salvation, one way. "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:)
"Our hope is not in ourselves, it's in Christ." said Pastor Josh. "And again, Isaiah says, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:12-13)
Jesus is the root of Jesse, a descendant of David. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a descendant of David's through Nathan, his son. (Luke 3:23-31) And Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, was a descendant of David's through Solomon, his son also. God had planned it, Isaiah reported it.
It's the promise that follows that verse that should give the work-a-day, weary hearts hope. There is a better way. The God of hope offers joy and peace in believing. Believing that God will do what he says he's going to do. That He will keep his word. We know that God cannot lie. Trust that and all the promises of the Bible leap off the pages just waiting for everyone to take ownership and claim the abiding hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. It's a simple plan.
Think about it. Driving down the road anything can happen. Lives end abruptly. How much will it matter what's here on this earth. Look farther over the steering wheel. There's a better way up ahead. Claim it and it's yours.