guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Hope is a funny thing, isn’t it? So many people see “HOPE” in so many different ways, but for me hope is not about “oh well, I hope this works out” but more like it is in Psalm 25:5 above. I did a little research online and found the definition of hope from dictionary.com, check it out.
hope noun, verb, hoped, hop·ing.
to believe, desire, or trust
I don’t know about you, but this has been one amazingly difficult year, yep, it’s almost been a year. The crazy thing about this confusing, stressful, and trying time is that there has always (yes, I really really mean always) been HOPE. I haven’t understood the journey that God has had our family on, but I have had faith that it was smack dab in the center of His will (not ours) and there is a peace and a hope in that.
I love this verse inJob 6:8 “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,”. There has been a Job like experience in my family over the last couple of years…first with my oldest son getting so very sick, having to stay in the PICU for 51 days, almost loosing him, settling back into a new normal, then walking away from a job in ministry that I loved, a church family that was all I had known in my faith life, to a complete desert experience…with lots of “wandering and wondering”. I am so not going through all of this to wallow, but to celebrate the HOPE that God was up to something so much bigger than I, my husband, my kids, and my family could ever wrap our heads around. Isn’t God so awesome like that?
There are over 175 times in the NIV Bible that the word HOPE is mentioned. Did you know that? Eighteen (18) of them were in the Book of Job, can you believe that? Did you ever read the Book of Job? If anyone had cause to question, get angry, fight, yell, give up, give in, roll over, fall down, or just quit it would be Job, and yet inJob 11:18, it says, “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”
Are they perfect, absolutely not; there are NO perfect people, churches, or places. In Romans 3:23 it says that “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” and also in Romans 3:10, “As the Scriptures say, No one is good, no even one”. So please know that I am not holding them up on some glorious pedestal, but merely celebrating the fact that God CAN and DOES use ordinary people to do some pretty extraordinary things.
We celebrated the Hope we have in Jesus Christ and His faithfulness in taking this family on the next step of their journey with Him. They are moving this Friday up to Peoria, Illinois to a great church family that is already loving on them, supporting them, and praising God for their new addition to their church family. You see, we don’t have all the answers while we are here on Earth. We have to go to the Word daily, be filled with Christ, and like the words in Psalm 33:20, We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
I don’t know what you are experiencing right now in your life…marriage issues, fertility problems, rebellious teenagers, job concerns, finances, recession, economy, mid life crisis…I could go on and on, and I am sure we could sit for hours and talk about it, but what I do know is this; Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a HOPE.” (Emphasis mine)
God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable than an empire can rise without His aid? -Benjamin Franklin
If you are struggling right now with HOPE would you take a minute to bow your head, close your eyes, and seek the perfecter of HOPE. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will tell you great and unsearchable things that you did not know”. Call to Him…ask for Him to show you HOPE. You see, there is NO Hope without Him, but with Him, ah…nothing is impossible. Philippians 4:13 says, “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” I know for me, that’s ALL I need, I pray it is for you too.
My HOPE is in Him,