Where’s Your Hope?

Where’s Your Hope?

“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth – he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army, no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord, he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:13-22 NIV

There are times I read a section of scripture and meditate upon it for a while. I don’t think it is an accident when this happens or when a section sticks out to me like it was written just for me at that moment.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How in the world can scripture be specifically relevant? Well, it can. Yes, the Bible was written long ago, but the Spirit interprets it to us. This makes it a “right now” kind of word for us. The fact that I have a helper like that injects a lot of hope into my veins.

Another reason I can find hope in scripture for me today is that even if a passage was written for people thousands of years ago, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. How is this connected here? The same God speaking to peoples in the Bible is still the same God. He has never changed or changed His mind on what is contained in the Bible.

Okay, let’s say I’ve convinced you that you can find hope in the scriptures. Allow me to get specific for a moment.

Our world is dark and volatile to say the least, but let this passage above from Psalms encourage your hope.

Verses 13-15 should bring you hope because God is ever-watchful. He isn’t occupied by something else. He is watching everything that goes on. So when you hear someone question if God even knows what is going on, you can say a hearty and hopeful yes, He knows.

Look at verses 16-17. There is not a person or thing with more strength than our God. These are vain hopes for deliverance, just as verse 17 states. But …

Verses 18-19 let us know that only our God gives us hope to be delivered and kept safe. He cares for those who respect and love Him.

Verses 20-22 is what we can do in light of knowing that our God is watching and delivering. The thing is, deliverance from trouble may not come instantly, but we have to wait in the hope that our God is on our side. We have to rest in Him and that means trust. When our hope is in the Lord, we can rejoice in bad times and rest in His love which is unfailing.

Verse 22 ends with “even as we put our hope in you.” Our hope is something we must grant Him. We can’t put our hope in things and people of this world and then give Him the hope that is left. No, we must trust in the holy name of our God and put our hope in Him alone.

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, we can entrust Him with our hope. He is God Who never changes, is always watching, always the strongest to deliver, and loves us unfailingly.

I just need to share with you one other scripture that I read on the same day I read the above passage.

“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.” Isaiah 43:11

Let’s face it. Everything or everyone you might place hope in will shift and change and let you down. But God. Don’t you love that? But God is our only hope. I believe we could easily say, “Apart from God, there is no hope.”

So, where’s your hope?

 

Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.

Comments

  1. Hope is imperative. I liked the way you went over that Psalm 33 group of verses. Thanks for reminding us of waiting for hope, sent by Christ.

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