ICorinthians2-9Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:6-9Before I knew this scripture, when my eyes were young and my hearing acute, I wondered what these verses meant.  The chorus of an old Christian hymn echoes in my mind ….“Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, Neither has it entered into the heart of man, The things which God hath prepared for them, Prepared for them that love Him.”It was a mystery as a child and a mystery now at 85 years, a mystery that catches my heart with wonder and amazement.  The ‘amazing love of God’ is more than the most wise man can ever comprehend.  It is the hope that cheers me on in the midst of this earthly journey through problems and trials at every turn.Endurance develops strength of character.  And character strengthens confident hope of salvation.  This hope will not fade or disappear.  Why?  Because our Lord God knows our weak character, and He has given us the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit that abides in those who choose the God who loves us.  The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with His mighty love.Dear Lord, Let these words seep into the broken crevices of my heart and heal me — with Your Love.  How gracious and kind are You.  Thank you for filling me with Your Holy Spirit that gives me an everlasting Hope.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5