Feb 19 – Hope is … Reviving

Talk about a bad week.  On Monday you are the richest person around.  You have the big home, fancy cars, fabulous marriage to a devoted partner for decades, and more children than you can imagine (10 to be exact you actually like them and they you).  Business or work is going great and growing abundantly.  You’re well liked and respected.  You have friends to numerous to count.  And to top it all off, you have a rich relationship with God and recognize that He gave you everything you have.  He made you everything that you are.  Life is GOOD!

Then, one day a horrible accident happens and all of your children die.

All the things you need in your business are wiped out … if you’re a rancher all your animals die, a farmer then your crops are wiped out. Into computers, a virus hits all your computers and wipes them out.  Whatever tool, it doesn’t work any longer.

Then you become horribly ill.  Your spouse leaves you or dies.  Your friends start questioning you and your beliefs and your methods.

What do you do?  Where are you at now?  Where do you go?

Job suffered all this and more and he knew through every event where to go and what to do.  He know that God allowed nothing to happen that wasn’t the start of something new.  Job had hope, even in his darkest days.

“At least there is hope for a tree:  
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.                                        –Job 14:7 (NIV)

Job recognized, knew and declared, that all that he owned, all that he had wasn’t his in the first place.  It was his to care for, but ultimately it was, and is all, Gods.

For what is the hope of the godless and polluted,
even though he has gained [in this world],
when God cuts him off and takes away his life?                –Job 27:8 (AMP)

The basis of Job’s confidence can be found in the book of Psalms.  This same foundation can be ours on those dark days.  Those days when we feel like we’re in a pit and there is no ladder.  Those days where the doors of sin are open and creeping into our light and we don’t remember how to find or close them.

But those who have troubles will not be forgotten.
The hopes of the poor will never die.                           –Psalm 9:18 (NCV)
 
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.     ~~-Psalm 25:5 (NIV)
 
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield    –Psalm 33:20 (NIV)
 
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him     –Psalm 62:5 (NLT)
 
Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.      –Psalm 119:49 (NIV)

I’m always amazed at the beautiful, perfect prayers sprinkled throughout God’s words.  Here is the prayer for today.  May your hope, through His verses here and the knowledge of His presence revive hope in you now or when you feel empty.

Then your hope will overflow
by the power of the Holy Spirit. –Romans 15:13 (NCV)

I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in him.

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Published by: seekersofchrist

After a time of rest, it's time to resurrect this blog with a light on prayer and building our own personal prayer garden. A woman of faith, I want to share my personal insights into God and the Gospel in the hopes that these touch another heart, encouraging them to come to Christ.

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