For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? Romans 8:24 ESV
In the town where I spent my teen-aged years there is a hill we called Mount Pleasant. On most days it was just another rolling green hill. But on rare mornings on perfectly sunny days, you sometimes found yourself surrounded by deep impenetrable fog. Though the fog bank usually extended no more than the short half mile over the crest of the hill, the only safe way through was to slow to a crawl, while keeping your eyes on the yellow center line. If you just kept going before long you would break back out into the sunshine.
Fog banks come to all our lives. A single phone call, one visit to the doctor or a short screech of tires on pavement and the familiar landmarks of our world quickly disappear under dark foreboding clouds. God’s promise for us at that moment is that He will still guide us. He gives us His hope to light the way even if just one inch at a time. God will stay with us and carry us all the way through. When dense clouds close us in, we need to remind ourselves that on God’s mountain road, the brightest hope is just over the top of the hill!
Though I wrote this devotional several years ago, I found myself in need of it this morning. Our last couple of weeks have been a difficult time. My wife and I have lost a dear friend and we are now are in our second week of tag-teaming the virus. Besides the physical battles we also had to cancel all the visiting of the nursing homes scheduled for this week. But in this fogbank of my own, I found I was encouraged this morning by a verse in my daily reading. It reminds me that hope doesn’t come from the situation getting better, but from the mercy of God and that is a hope that can never fail!
Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your mercy. My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
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