Day 17 – 31 Days of Hope
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalm 62:5 ESV
In the quiet of early morning before one word has been spoken to anyone God gives hope. His hope is not usually in the form of an immediate answer to our problems or the rush of adrenaline that comes when a new door of opportunity opens. God’s hope comes like the gentleness of a stream still flowing in the long hot days of August. God’s hope is like the soundless ripening of fruit in the apple orchard.
God’s hope is sure, unchanging invincible. Even when the battle seems to have turned against us or the tide is running out on our lives He remains true to His promises. He alone is enough and these long and heavy miles we are walking lead us only more directly to His throne. When our resources have failed He is our supply. When our plans have ended short of the goal, He is the way When our friends have forgotten. He remains closer than a brother. He has allowed us times of lonely silence so we can hear His voice, and His alone. In those moments near the cross we understand more deeply the words from the hymn. “No not One”
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus
No not one. No not one! Johnson Oatman 1895
Day 16 of 31 days of Hope
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living Psalm 27:13
Writing 31 days of hope has been both a spiritual challenge and a journey to deeper faith in my life. I have found along this new and sometimes difficult path that Hope is the light that shines in my dark places. Hope has meant looking down the road waiting for the results of tests and the response to treatments for my wife’s battle with cancer. Hope has been holding hands in the hospital when no one else was around. Hope has been both the first star that shone in our new night sky and will one day give way to the sunlight of a new day dawning.
God created all of us to live with a passion and the desire to spend eternity by his side. That life is assured only by the cross of Christ which for our soul is the anchor of all hope. No matter the situation we face today; this hope remains. This hope is not so fragile that it can be blown away by the wind, washed away by a flood or burned up in the fire. This hope is the tangible enduring belief that by God will carry us through. This hope is the certainty that He is good even when nothing good seems to be in sight. Real hope is seeing ahead to His goodness. True Hope through Jesus Christ is to know that He walks by our side through the valley of the shadow of death till we come out into His sunshine in the land of the living!
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth. Psalms 121:1-2 ESV
When life is tea and roses it seems plain that tomorrow will be the same or better. But when rose petals darken from early frost and tea cups fall to pieces our forecast changes.
Weakness, hospital stays and doctor visits clamor to fill up the calendar. On those days where is our hope? The psalmist says he looks out as far as his eyes can see to the hills. Beyond those lie uncharted new territory. When thongs that have been our farthest horizons are passed what then?
Then his questions echo back from the hills: – My help comes from the Lord! The God who created everything will still walk with us beyond our farthest horizons to the very ends of the earth!
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. Mark 5:36 KJV
The phrase is often repeated, “Don’t give up hope!” or “There’s always hope!”, as if hope is something independent of our circumstances. But hope never walks alone. Hope is always accompanied by her sister faith and faith links hands with love. Jesus doesn’t just say ,”Keep on hoping!” He walks with us and his presence by our side gives us the faith to be greater than our fears. How wonderful it has been to share this week with our grandchildren as my wife awaits chemotherapy. There simply being with us has helped us have faith to believe greater things and put fears outside the doors.
So this Sunday morning ask yourself if there isn’t someone you could walk beside in faith. Just your faithful presence may be what God will use to hold hands with hope and help them on their journey.