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May 29, 2017

A Door of Hope

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.” Hosea 2:14, 15 (NIV) 

What happens when life shoves you through a door you didn’t choose? It could be a door of loss, the death of a loved one or the loss of a job, the death of a dream, a door of divorce, a door of disappointment or delay, a door of depression or disease. You didn’t choose this door. It came uninvited and unexpected. What do you do? Where is God?  How can this be a divine door He would permit? These are painful, unwanted and undeserved doors of disappointment that can disillusion us and rock our world. Take heart. God can take these doors and turn them into His purpose. You are not out of God’s will when bad things happen. Jesus said,

“I’ve told you all this so that trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. John 16:33 (MSG)

How can God guide you when you’ve been shoved through a door you didn’t choose?  This was the case for Israel as described by Hosea. In Hosea 2:14, 15, God said,

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.”  

The passage refers back to Joshua 7 where a man named Achan stole from God and brought death and defeat on the nation of Israel right after their great victory over Jericho. It was a painful and shameful setback for the entire nation of Israel. Achan’s selfishness shoved everyone else through a door of defeat and disappointment. Yet, God spoke tenderly to His people and promised them that He would turn the Valley of Trouble into a Valley of Hope! In fact, the verse goes on to add:

“There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.” Hosea 2:15b (NIV)

The Living Bible puts it like this:

“There I will give back her vineyards to her and transform her Valley of Troubles into a Door of Hope. She will respond to me there, singing with joy as in days long ago in her youth after I had freed her from captivity in Egypt.” 

The word “hope” in the Bible doesn’t mean wishful thinking. When the Bible speaks of hope, it is with certainty. Jesus Christ is called our Blessed Hope! He promised He would turn our mourning into joy! If you’ve been shoved through a door of loss or disappointment, look up to God and ask Him to transform that door of trouble into a door of hope! Let Him turn your sorrow into joy!