One of the greatest statements of faith in all of scripture is found right in the middle of Job chapter 13.
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him.”
In its context, Job is desiring to approach God to prove his integrity. He knows that if God is not pleased with his desire to approach him, that he could lose his life.
Are you in the midst of a trial today where you feel your hope is fading?
Do you feel like the light at the end of the tunnel has gone out?
David knew this feeling and he wrote:
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God.
Never lose your hope in God.
Worldly hope is a hope in something that might not happen. For example, we might hope to get a promotion or hope it doesn’t rain on our picnic. This kind of hope is a desire for something good that we aren’t certain will happen.
Biblical hope is a hope that is confident that good will come. We can expect it to happen just as God said it would.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
Hope anchors our soul when our emotions are up and down. (Hebrews 6:19)
Do you need an anchor today? Just this week, I woke up, prayed and read my Bible. I felt completely at peace. Then I opened my email and there in my inbox was an email that literally in 5 seconds flat – drained me of my peace. I got up from my computer a little shaken and in that moment realized what had happened. God graciously gives me peace and hope and if I let anyone or anything in this world replace God in my life – I will not have peace and hope.
CS Lewis writes:
“Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise.”
This world is empty. It doesn’t keep its promises. In Christ alone our hope is found.
Our hope in God is not like our hope in people.
People may fail to love us.
God is love.
People may hurt us.
God is our healer.
People may be dishonest to us.
God is truth.
God never changes.
People may leave us or betray us.
God will never leave us nor forsake us.
Having hope in God brings an endless flow of emotional strength to make it through each day.
Is something worrying you today? Meditate on God’s word.
Pastor Rick Warren writes:
When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry. When you think about God’s Word over and over, that’s meditation. If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate! You just need to switch your attention from your problems to Bible verses. The more you meditate on God’s Word, the less you will have to worry about.
No one and nothing can steal your joy or your peace when your hope is in God.
Never lose your hope in God!
Walk with the King,
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