Life is full of changes. People change; the seasons change; situations change. Now life as we know it has changed. What do you do when your normal changes and you must adjust to a new normal? You can sit and focus on the past or you can embrace your new normal as you trust in God.
As unbelievable as it seems, life between March 1, 2020 and April 1 2020 was as different as night and day. With some precautionary measures life was close to normal at the beginning of March. Today, I can stand at my front door and stare into the street and not see anybody go by. I love spring! It’s the season of new life. Plants that looked dead all winter seem to be saying, “I’m coming out!” This year, the plants seem to be struggling with the new normal of our existence.
Yet in this, which seems like the worst of times, you can hope in God. David found himself in a situation where he was in despair. He had many questions and concerns. When he looked at his life, he concluded that his life was but a moment with God. In Psalm 39:7, David said, “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” You see, David knew from prior experience that in his season of crisis, he didn’t have to live in despair; he could hope in God.
So what does it mean to hope in God? When people talk about hope, that hope is just a wish. They hope that favorable change would come into their lives. That is not the hope David was speaking about. This hope goes deeper that a wish. In the Bible, as well today, those who know God hope in Him. Their hope involves waiting and expecting God to act in their lives and circumstances. David’s experience in Psalm 31 taught him that God responds to him in his distress. In verse 24 he said. “So be strong and courageous all you who put your hope in the Lord!”
Today, like David, you can hope in God. Lamentations 3:24 says, “I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” It was easy for Jeremiah to say this because he had experiences with God that taught him he could hope in God. In the previous verse he exclaimed, “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” When you have experienced the faithfulness of God, you will learn that you can put your hope in God.
So in this season, the good news is that God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So you don’t have to dwell in the pit of despair. In the midst of the uncertainties in life, you can put your hope in God.