Knowing Jesus personally in your own experience, “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,  that are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…”  (Ephesians 1:18-19) is priceless.

This kind of knowledge is experiential–part of our heart-felt spiritual experience.  Because God is faithful, we can trust him.  Simply put, he keeps his promises! He directs his creative power in our direction.   That relationship is the reason for hope for today and tomorrow.

Even as a teenager, David knew about this kind of  experiential relationship with God.  In Psalm 13, he affirms his faith:

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.  I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

See his resolution to continue expressing his faith, and his hope that once again his heart will be moved by God’s love for him.  We might be unmoved today, but we can persevere and endure by continuing to reaffirm our faith, waiting expectantly for our heart to be stirred again by his faithful and enduring love for us.  Jesus showed that love by going to the cross.  That is quite a demonstration.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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