Thursday, February 19, 2015

more hope

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

Yesterday I talked about being a “broker of hope”, and today I want to continue the conversation.  Let’s walk in a little different direction where hope continues to be what is needed and what will make a huge difference.

This world needs more hope.  We would all agree that our world is twisted and in deep trouble.  Without the greatness of God and the grace that only God can offer, there is little to no reason to go on.  But we have hope.  This is not a hope to win the lottery or hope to get a better job.  This is hope that takes us places we cannot take ourselves to.

The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.

The biggest place we need hope is when we feel we are hopeless and helpless.  When sin gets a dangerous hold on our lives, we need hope.  When we have hit the bottom of the proverbial barrel, we need hope.  When we believe we are alone and/or useless, we need hope.  And God offers each of us His blessed hope.

Life brings loads of pain our way.  Some of it comes because of our poor choices and decisions that led to harsh consequences, yet some of it comes at the hands or choices of other people.  At those times we are like innocent bystanders who were in the wrong place at the wrong time when doors seemed to be opened where pain was poured on us.

This pain and heartache weighs us down.  There seems to be no way out, no reason to live and nowhere else to turn.  Those things are lies.  God desires to give us the hope that can change every thing.

To accept the hope God offers we leave our way and turn to God’s way.  There is change that God helps us begin with.  Hope is the byproduct of turning to God who loves us so much.

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!

Psalm 39:7  NLT
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

And his name will be the hope of all the world.

We need more hope.  We need to receive God’s hope for our lives.  We need to give more hope to those who are the end of themselves.  This hope has miracles tied to it because this hope is all wrapped up in our great and mighty God.

He offers more hope!

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