I am expecting the Lord to rescue me again, so that once again I will see His goodness to me here in the land of the living. Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and He will come and save you! Be brave, stout-hearted and courageous. Yes, wait and He will help you!” Psalms 27:13-14
Continuing in our Sharon Thomas study on God’s Word is Hope, we learned that despair and hope in the Lord is a choice. Suffering and despair exists in our sinful world; however, through the power of the Holy Spirit we can choose to bathe ourselves in the promises of God. We can either talk, write, sing, and/ or pray about our problems OR we can offer the big picture of God’s promises-His power to our problems. It’s not a once and for all choice–it’s a daily, and sometimes moment by moment, choice. I expect God to rescue me again and again and again and again until I’m home with Him for eternity.
The definition of despair is to lose hope and confidence. God is calling us to patience, stillness, and waiting. In the waiting, be brave and courageous! Do not rely on man, yourself, and the world–trust in HIM daily.
Children often play opposite day. Take the challenge! Every negative thought that enters your mind re-frame the thought through the power and hope of God’s Word. A good place to start is through the advice of Billy Graham. Read one Psalm a day for the rest of your life. Each day read one Psalm. When you get to the end of the book, start over. Psalm 139 tells you that God is always with you and He fearfully and wonderfully made you!
God’s Word is filled with HOPE!