Jesus, our hope

All the motions and operations of the souls of men, which no mortals know but themselves, God knows better than they do. Their hearts, as well as their times, are all in his hand; he formed the spirit of each man within him. All the powers of the creature depend upon him, and are of no account, of no avail at all, without him. If we make God’s favour sure towards us, then we need not fear whatever is against us. We are to give to him the glory of his special grace. All human devices for the salvation of our souls are vain; but the Lord’s watchful eye is over those whose conscientious fear of his name proceeds from a believing hope in his mercy. In difficulties they shall be helped; in dangers they shall not receive any real damage. Those that fear God and his wrath, must hope in God and his mercy; for there is no flying from him, but by flying to him. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; let us always have the comfort and benefit, not according to our merits, but according to the promise which thou hast in thy word given to us, and according to the faith thou hast by thy Spirit and grace wrought in us. – Matthew Henry

Throughout the Psalms there were many references pointing to the coming Messiah as our hope.  Jesus was the fulfillment of that promise God had made.  Jesus faced our greatest fear for us as He stood before God in judgement of our sin.  Even so, the Father did not abandon Him but raised Him up from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit.  And this is our hope in Christ too – that He will not abandon us.  There is no where you can go, no circumstance we can pass through that Jesus will not see us.  This is not a promise of no suffering but rather a promise to never leave or forsake, to preserve, rescue, restore and when the time is right, resurrect.

Each new day offers us a fresh opportunity to centre our lives around the love of God.  As you make space to gain God’s perspective, may we ground our hopes and activities on His grace and celebrate what He has done and is doing.

I pray that our time with God today will be filled with the grace and peace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.  The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save. Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,  to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.  Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.  Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. – Psalm 33:16-22

My Hope – Matt Redman (with lyrics)

1 Timothy 1:1

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