Hope for the day. What would we do without it. Somehow, no matter how bad the previous day, we wake up to a new day and hope abounds within us again. Sometimes it is a very small flicker and sometimes it will flood our whole being. It really doesn't matter as long as we embrace the measure of hope that we have for the day we face.
Hope is that inexplicable sense of expectation of something good, something positive, the daring of a possibility that is in favor to us and to our need. Who can explain it? Who can put it into words? Now the hope that the world gives us, our natural-man hope, is based in our own understanding, expectations, dependencies, and strength, and can be dashed without warning as these things fall apart. But hope that comes from Christ Jesus is based on Him and His works in us, through us, and around us - not dependent on anything but Him, His Word, and the Holy Spirit. It takes all 'works' out of our hands. What a relief. All we have to do is to know that our Lord loves us and always has our good in mind. Always.
How many times we have had to go through things that we didn't think we would ever be able to live through?? And then because of prayer, hope, faith we made it and were able to look back and see the 'coincidences, luck, etc.' that enabled us to make it. You do realize that in Christ there are no such thing as coincidences or luck, but only the moving, connecting, and nudging, of the Holy Spirit?? These are God-designed connections, appointments, and directions. Let's be mindful of the role of hope in our lives. Hope connected to faith brings favor and brings blessings. Let's not miss it. Let's not look back with regret. Turn your life over to Christ Jesus and begin to see the connections of hope. He know all things about you. He is never caught unawares.
Without hope we lose heart and we die, spiritually and sometimes physically.
Tomorrow always brings new hope, new mercies, and new possibilities.
Psalm 43:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 119:49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.
- Pastor Sandi