Keep A Firm Grip On Hope
I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God!
Hope is a precious word! Webster's Dictionary describes hope as: “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best; to believe or trust.”
An apostle of faith George Mueller, the founder of the Bristol Orphanage in England, stated: “There is never a time when we may not hope in God! Whatever the necessities, however great our difficulties, and though to all appearances help is impossible, yet our business is to hope in God, and it will be found that it is not in vain.”
In the Book of Lamentations, Jeremiah was grieving because Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem. His grief ran very deeply, and he became remembered as the “weeping prophet”. He cried until his tears no longer came. His heart was broken because the people had rejected God who loved them.
However, in the midst of all the tragedy, Jeremiah expressed faith and hope in God. He stated: “There's one other thing I remember...I keep a grip on hope: God's loyal love couldn't have run out, His merciful love couldn't have dried up...how great Your faithfulness! I'm sticking with God.”
Have you lost all hope? Are you facing an overwhelming problem? Are you believing that the solution will not turn out for the best? Stop, and take time to roll this problem over to God. It is then that He is able to bring hope into your life.
A. W. Tozer stated: “Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God.” Learn to depend on God's faithfulness. Because God is, you have hope. Remain confident that He is your light, even in the darkest of days. He has an endless supply of compassion and loyal love, and His everlasting arms are sustaining you. Because He is enthroned in heaven, you can count on Him listening to you. Because He is, you can be certain that He is watching over you as you come and go.
Robert Hugh Morris an American statesman (1734-1806), stated: “God brings no man into the conflicts of life to desert him. Every man has a friend in heaven whose resources are unlimited; and on Him he may call at any hour and find sympathy and assistance.”
Like Jeremiah, keep a firm grip on hope, and place your faith and trust in Him.
Lord, thank You that Your compassions fail not. Thank You for being our friend in heaven. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington