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Coffee and Daffodils

March 20, 2012
It’s the springtime saying I’m back again – Robbie Seay Band
 
There’s a suggestion of spring in the sun rays which serve as a natural alarm clock, nudging us to a new day. It’s on these early March mornings, when we’re confronted by the sun’s clarity, that we need “hope, coffee, and melody” as much as ever (Robbie Seay Band, New Day).
 
So, let me suggest Chris Rice or the Robbie Seay Band for a morning melody, Douwe Egberts or Lavazza for a coffee which won’t disappoint, and as for hope – I’ve saved the best till last…
 
Some hope in riches, some hope in relationships, some hope in politicians. But ultimately, these hopes disappoint; like instant coffee, they give a burst of energy only to leave a bad taste in your mouth.
 
It’s not for nothing that Paul writes: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17)
 
And the Psalmist warns us against pinning our hopes on people: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the LORD, who remains faithful forever.” (Psalm 146:3-6)
 
Elsewhere, the Psalmist writes: “Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:6-7)
 
In contrast to the fleeting expectations of this world, the hope the Psalmist speaks of is lasting and certain – a hope in the unfailing love and faithfulness of God, who so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life. This is the hope of salvation, for “the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death” (Psalm 33:18-19b).
 
It is this deliverance from death which brings eternal hope, “For the wages of sin [our rebellion against God] is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
 
“What a wretched man I am!” writes Paul, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25b)
 
Along with Paul, we can rejoice that Christ was “delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25) The hope of salvation is lasting and certain, “hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
 
So, when we wake up, coffee-parched and sun-dried, we need not be without hope nor without melody. Instead, if we hope in Jesus for salvation, we can affirm along with the Psalmist: “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” (Psalm 13:5-6) Then, having trusted in the unfailing love of God, and having been justified by grace, we can become heirs having the hope of eternal life (see Titus 3:1-8).
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  1. Joshua Vince permalink
    April 27, 2012 10:45

    I would strongly recommend Taylor’s Lazy Sunday Ground Coffee too and agreed instant coffee does indeed leave a bad taste in one’s mouth.

    What a wonderful cocktail of coffee, sunshine and splendid Theology. “Morning by morning new mercies I see…”. God’s mercies are new every morning what a wonderful blessing and encouragement.

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