Life! We love it! Then, the pressures crush us and we wonder, can I make it through? Peter Marshall said, “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” So there is purpose in the pressure of life.
In Psalm 39 David was in emotional turmoil. He began with, “I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” We see that in spite of what was happening around him he had a desire to continue walking in the way of the Lord. And so he continued and pondered on the frailty of life. Then he asked a question in verse 7, “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”
Desmond Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” The dictionary tells us that hope means a feeling of expectation that something would happen. But as children of God, we do not walk by our feelings. For us, hope means a confident expectation. The strength of our hope is grounded in God.
When we hope in God it’s not an instant thing; our hope allows us to wait with patience. Romans 5:5 AMP says, Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. What are you hoping for? When our hope is in God, we might get discouraged but not for long. Why? We can depend on the faithfulness of God to do what He said He will do. So let us be patient while we wait on God. We have a confident expectation, and we will water our hope with faith and see what God will do in His time, not ours.
Thought for Today: Friend, let us walk in hope while we wait on the Lord.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.