Hello everyone! Praise God for another new day, where we can begin anew…a time when our yesterday can give way to a new day of new hope. As we begin this time together today, my prayer is that our hearts would be ignited and brought alive with the thought…that with God, there is always hope…Amen!!
This morning, as I’ve been looking out to a beautiful sunny day, I began to seek God, as to what He would have me share with you today…and one of the first words that crossed my thoughts, was the word “hope.”
You know…I just wonder how many times we judge hope, by what is taking place around us. In other words, are we so caught up in what is going wrong; that we begin to convince ourselves…just by what we see; that there is no hope of ever overcoming these difficult moments in our lives?
As I was looking through some Bible verses on hope; God began to lead me to a Bible verse in Proverbs 13:12, which says… “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
There was a time in my life, when I was struggling for hope. The road that I had walked down in life was already tiresome…and what I was facing at the time wasn’t making the road seem much better ahead; that is until God showed me how to discover a true and lasting hope again.
One day, as I was looking out my office window…listening to some music, while searching for a piece of hope to hold to; God began to focus my eyes on one specific spot in the backyard. As I looked up to a tree that had at one time been hit by lightning, I began to see for the first time that another tree was growing in the place of where a section of the tree had been struck down. As I continued to stand in awe, as to how this had happened...God began to show me, as to how my life was like that tree; because for so many years of my life, I had been struck down through pain and deep heartache. Even though I had felt completely brought down to nothing that day; God was giving me hope, by reminding me that He was using the hard and difficult times of life to produce a new and lasting growth within me...just like that tree.
Like the verse states above… “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” In other words, the only way that we are going to find a true and lasting hope that can bring us through these hard and difficult times we face; is when we truly desire hope. Just think…when we give up on hope; that is when life begins to wither away; but when we choose to seek hope, until it can be found; then that desire becomes a seed…that when watered with tears, can spring up and become something new…something that only God can give us, during what seems to be the dark and dormant moments of life.
No matter what we face in this life…there is always hope when it comes to God; but when we stop pursuing hope, by what we see and experience around us; then we will never come to experience what can take place through hope. In Romans 8:24-25, we read… “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25) But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."
We must remember that hope isn’t found in what we see around us; and sad to say...this is where we sometimes take a wrong turn. Instead of automatically expecting to see hope, in the way we feel it should be seen; why not go beyond the problem and look for hope…with a heart that doesn’t stop searching, until the answer can be found. In this way, we will be heading in the direction of God, rather than in the direction of the problem, which only leads us to further moments of hopelessness.
Today, as we close our time together, may I encourage you to not become so caught up in the moments that seem hopeless; but rather, get caught up in a hope that can free you from these moments…a hope that you can truly take hold of…and a hope that will help you to patiently wait on God…Amen!
Have a very blessed day and always remember that there is hope in God…we just need to look for it, with all our hearts! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain