“The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
– Psalm 147:11 (NIV)
Have you ever thought about how precious the gift of hope is? How lost we feel when we don’t have it? If you have ever been hopeless, you know exactly what I mean. I remember many years ago, when I had wandered away from God and made a mess of my life, feeling hopeless. I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. But in desperation, I reached up to Him and He made me whole again. It wasn’t overnight. It was a process. But as I trusted His love for me, I began to see it becoming a reality.
In today’s world, so many are without hope. People who are chronically ill. Those who are homeless. Orphans. Widows. Immigrants. Addicts. The list could go on.
And don’t get me wrong. Hopelessness isn’t always obvious. Sometimes, we can look great on the outside but be dying on the inside. I know that because I’ve been there.
This holiday season, I am going to take some time off from my blog to spend some much needed time with my family. It is the first time in three years that I’m not grieving a loss, in chronic pain, or worrying about a hospitalized relative battling a serious illness. After three years of trusting in the Lord’s goodness, through some hard times, the sun is finally peeking through the clouds and so we are going to celebrate!
I know that some of you are not in that same place of celebration, however. Perhaps you are hanging by a thread, or maybe you’re waiting for a miracle. Regardless of your circumstances, I want to encourage you to continue placing your hope in God.
Psalm 147:11 says that the Lord delights in those who put their hope in his unfailing love. He hears our cries and meets our needs in His good time. Sometimes that is not our timing, but I have learned during my journey of faith that God really does know best!
I remember waiting to become a mother, which didn’t happen until I was 40 years old. Oh, how painful those years of infertility were, and the adoption process wasn’t easy. But when I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, I understood God’s perfect plan. I wouldn’t have been ready for motherhood when I first began making plans for it. I was only ready when it finally happened. My hope was in the unseen answer that was to come…and it has been rewarded in so many ways!
Wherever you are today, I would like to give you the gift of hope that Jesus has to offer. It is through Him that we find salvation and relationship with a heavenly Father that loves us beyond compare. It is through Him that we have new life…abundant life.
The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage.
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