This past week I received quite a few emails from people who had lost hope.
My heart goes out to them, and I can certainly understand how they feel. If we spend too much time looking at the world, it would be difficult to remain hopeful.
We are living in a day when our freedoms are seemingly ebbing away. Where jobs are being threatened. Most of us have lost loved ones or friends in the past couple years. It is challenging times for certain. However, as God’s people – hope remains
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Psalm 146:5
For You are my hope, O Lord God. Psalm 71:5
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:114
Where do we find hope? How do we remain a hopeful people amid all this?
I can only tell you how I find it.
Most of you know, I have had some extreme challenges in the past several months – I could have become discouraged – yet my hope in God remains intact – and stronger than ever. How?
I’m not necessarily talking about finding a quite place and spending a few hours in prayer. No, I am actually talking about continually talking to God, praying to Him, all the time, day and night.
That’s where my hope has come from. He is my constant companion. I talk to Him more than I talk to anyone else.
I listen to Him more than I listen to anything else.
James 5:16 says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
I am experiencing these wonderful results James talks about. For me, it is peace and an abiding hope in God. To me, that is wonderful results. It’s the fruit of my prayers to God.
Psalm 3:3 says in the Passion translation, “But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head.”
I love this! God takes me and surrounds me with HIMSELF. His glory covers me, and He lifts my head.
Has your countenance fallen? Does it feel as if your head is hanging down low? If so, I know One who can surround you with Himself and lift up your head.
Where does our hope come from? Our hope comes from the Lord. It comes from spending time in His presence. It comes from talking to Him more than anyone else AND listening to Him and His word more than we listen to anyone or anything else. You can have hope – even during these times.
If your hope has faltered, it can be restored.
Regardless of what is going on in the world, my friend, God has not changed. His plan for you has not changed. His word certainly hasn’t changed. He remains our hope. Look to Him. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. Before you realize it, hope will arise as He surrounds you with Himself and fills your life with His glory. It’s His promise – press in for it.