October 8, 2019

Abiding Hope

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

One of the three abiding qualities that God says will remain, when the sandcastles of our lives are washed away, is hope!  Hopelessness is a common emotion when we experience loss.  We feel hopeless.  Yet, it’s in those very times when the God of all hope wants to flood our souls with hope.  The hope He offers is more than wishful thinking. It is a confident assurance that God will come through!  He will not disappoint you!  He will make a way even when there seems to be no way!  In the storms of life, the Bible says,

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure …”  Hebrews 6:19 (NIV) 

That passage goes on to say, “… It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf …”  (Vs. 19b-20a)

Our hope has a name!  His name is Jesus!  He is our Blessed Hope!  He wants to flood our souls with hope, even in the midst of great loss and pain!  His hope becomes like an anchor for our souls, keeping us firm and secure.  What a testimony to a watching world, when our lives are battered by storms, and, yet, we stand strong with hope through our faith in God!  His word assures us,

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten …”  Joel 2:25 (KJV) 

God knows the pain of loss and disappointment we feel.  He cares.  He sees when the enemy comes against us to steal, to kill, and to destroy as he did to Job!  In those times, we can put our hope in God!  He alone is able to fully rebuild our lives and restore everything the enemy took from us!

Let God fill you with hope today!  The flood of loss may have taken everything you have, but it can never take all that you are when your hope is in Him!  He is our Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides! 

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11 (NIV2011)