Faith and Hope Belong Together

At least that’s what John Calvin said in his Institutes. And I think he’s right. He wrote:

For hope, while it awaits the Lord in silence, restrains faith that it may not fall headlong from too much haste. Hope strengthens faith, that it may not waver in God’s promises, or begin to doubt concerning their truth. Hope refreshes faith, that it may not become weary. It sustains faith to the final goal, that it may not fail in mid-course, or even at the starting gate. In short, by unremitting renewing and restoring, it invigorates faith again and gain with perseverance (3.2.42).

May God grant you and me such persevering faith and hope in God who perseveres and preserves his saints.

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