Where Does Hope Come From?

As I think about the politics of today, I am tempted to be dragged into the swirl of opinions, of which there are many. In a nutshell, it is God’s opinion that matters most, so I pull myself away from the edge and resist the urge to wallow in misery. And it would be easy to do, wouldn’t it? Our world is changing so fast! Wait…did I just say OUR world? It is God’s world, we are God’s creation and we are here to serve Him. That kind of changes my whole perspective this morning! It is like God just “refreshed” my page to show me how things are supposed to look, to me.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

Whatever God chooses to allow in this world, He allows. Whatever God chooses to make of me, I will allow. Whatever we do, should be a reflection of Him. Is it really that simple? It really is. With faith, we accept what we cannot see, that God is not sitting idle while things change on earth. He is busy working things to an end that He designed. HE really is in control.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3 NIV

We can know that God loves us. The Bible says so. He sent His Son as a sacrifice. That is how we can have faith. We see God has a plan! When God’s plan started to become knowledge to Jesus’ family and friends and disciples, they must have been so grieved with how their world was changing! The One they followed was going to be crucified! The rulers of the time seemed to be against them. It must have seemed like the world was going crazy and they could do nothing to stop it.

We are not being crucified and our suffering cannot begin to compare to Jesus’. The parallel is more between how Jesus’ followers may have felt and how we feel. They knew God had a plan because Jesus told them. We know the same, that God doesn’t sleep and He is busy working all things for our ultimate good. If God wanted to change what’s going on in our world, He would. He can do anything He wants, and according to the Bible, this is what He wants:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV

When I pray, I often say this to God out of pure frustration…”God, I know You would change things if it was in Your will. Help me to remember that.” In the above verse, ‘so’ and ‘that’ are bolded. He made a plan SO THAT His purposes would be accomplished. That is where hope is found. In truth and in God’s purposes.

Dear Father God,

Sometimes we feel like an alien in this world because it is not the same world we know. When we look up, though, we see so much hope. It is there for the taking! Thank You for whatever Your plan is. Thank You for Your word that is like our GPS to our home in Heaven. Give us opportunity to share our certain hope, instead of the world’s uncertain opinions. You are and always be the answer to everything we face. Lift our eyes when we forget to do it ourselves when we are in a trial. We thank You and ask these things from You in Your most high and holy name. Amen

Love and prayers to all. Have a safe and happy Friday in the Lord!

Just me. Just His.

Tina


2 thoughts on “Where Does Hope Come From?

  1. I have loved that passage in Psalm 121 since I was in NAVY boot camp eons ago. The Gideons had given me a little New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. The Navy gave me five minutes to myself each night before lights out. I used it to read that gift. In five minutes a night, God got hold of my life and has never let me go. I remember looking up to the hills surrounding Point Loma and being greatly comforted.

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