Hope in God

The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God’s wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follow hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regards the Divine favour as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour’s name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay himself upon his God. He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph over all his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us, if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God. – Matthew Henry

I think we do not ask ourselves enough times why we are feeling depressed or anxious.  When we rehearse the why we usually do not find sufficient reason for being so.  But in case we find that our fears are as bad as they are and maybe as overwhelming as we seem to feel, then, as always, we have to put and then keep our hope in God.  There are many promises we can remind ourselves of including God being faithful and loving – two good reasons for hope.  Our faith will kick in, victory is anticipated as we put our fear into His hands and we wait for Him to rescue us. 

“For yet I know I shall him praise
Who graciously to me,
The health is of my countenance,
Yea, mine own God is he.” – Presbyterian Church of England Hymnal

So our active praise and worship allows us to declare God as God – we will wait for Him! and we will hope in Him!  This is not mindless and is not passive but rather a spiritual confidence that God will participate because He always has. 

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. – Psalm 42:11

Voices of Hope – In God We Trust with Amy Grant

Being dragged through life?

All my childhood life I have been anxiously hoping – a very painful experience for the mind to go through.  As much as I had been hoping for physical circumstances to change, what did happen was a blessing of an incredible spiritual journey.

I understand the power of hope and I understand the power of not obtaining what one has been hoping for.  I understand how it can carry towards depression and robs one of spirit.  I understand how that relates to being delivered from evil or obtaining in your hand something good.

What do you do when dreams do not come true?  Depression fits most of our answers. There is a place though when you realize that what you need is going to come at the right time you need it – it has only been deferred until then. I read that the word deferred is meant to indicate to drag in Hebrew.  I know, when it matters, dragging and deferring is not going to make much difference.

Real life happens.  Challenges, life not being as easy as you thought and definitely not going the way you thought will beat up your hopes, dreams, aspirations and expectations.

Without hope, can I ask you not to get desperate to escape what seems like hopelessness. With hope you can endure anything, no matter how desperate or evil your circumstances.

 

Jesus is our hope.  The people of Israel, at each Passover, would put out an extra cup in hope that Elijah would come and announce the Messiah’s coming.  When He did not come they would put the cup away and wait another year.  Their journey was painful and if you know anything of history, it was another 2,000 years after the first Passover before Jesus came, sent by God to heal the heartsick nation and fulfill all their longings.

My prayer is that our hope will be realized soon enough.  When it comes it will bring life – comfort, an invigorated soul and a walk with God.

What happens when you just cannot hang on anymore – the reservoir of hope is empty and you seem to be running on fumes?  Of all my experiences and those who survived hopelessness – we all say the same thing – we whisper the name of Jesus, the one who came to give hope in the first place.  Somehow His name heals in the middle of the night, in the middle of our tears and in the middle of our desperation.  His name matters, it changes everything.  When all along you have been looking for Him, and when you finally call on Him, you will know what it means to live with hope.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12

Don’t Waste Your Sorrows

LET GO, OR BE DRAGGED