“O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forever.”
Jesus is our hope.
No matter how bad things get we can put our hope in Him.
But the devil wants to kill the hope we have.
He doesn’t want us to walk around with hope in our hearts. He wants us to be distraught, fear, hopeless and anxious.
But we must not lose hope.
There is a story from the Word that comes to mind that encourages me so much.
Israel was about to be destroyed by the Babylonians and about to be taken into captivity when God told Jeremiah
something quite confusing:
“Then, just as the Lord had said he would, my cousin Hanamel came and visited me in the prison. He said, “Please buy
my field at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else,
so buy it for yourself.” Then I knew that the message I had heard was from the Lord.”
In the midst of such hopeless circumstances, God told Jeremiah to buy land!
It seemed like it was over for the Israelites. The enemy had won. They were by the gate literally.
But it was there that God gave them hope. There was a reason he told Jeremiah to buy land.
“Then I said to Baruch as they all listened, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘
Take both this sealed deed and the unsealed copy, and put them into a pottery jar to preserve them for a long time.’
For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Someday people will again own property here in
this land and will buy and sell houses and vineyards and fields.’”
God gave his people hope when it seemed like it was over for them. Jeremiah struggled to understand what God was doing
(Jeremiah 32:24) but God knew what He was doing.
We always have hope with God. Don’t give up trusting in Him even if things are dead and hopeless.
He is Hope!
If you are in a hopeless situation right now and it seems like there is no way, look to God. Don’t give up hoping.
And that’s my encouragement to you today.
Hope in the Lord!