Word of the Week: Hope
It is often so hard to feel strength when the minor (and major) hiccups and speed bumps of life throw us for a loop. Obstacles come and go, but when they’ve come, it often feels like they’ll never leave. Recently in my life some friends have come up on some hard times. Who hasn’t? What I love about my community is that they’re there for support even when it feels like the walls are closing in. What do they do to help? They share their hope.
We may be resolute in our faith, but also, we must be resolute in our hope. Faith is our hold on our belief, and hope is our hold on our lives. He will come. He will provide. God is good.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Whenever I read this Psalm, it reminds me of the strength of conviction that so many us have by the grace of God. My mountains may not actually be crumbling, but earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes across the world are trembling the lives of others.
In times of fear, we say:
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10 )
In times of sadness, we say:
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
In times of want, we say:
Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10)
What a blessing. These words nurture our souls to contentedness. We are lucky to have heard the Word of God, and to know His many gifts. Next time you or someone you know is struggling, share these words of hope. Life with God is a blessed life.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are everlasting arms.