May 22 – Hope

In this pandemic time, the word HOPE is one we use frequently. We hope the virus will decide to die out – likely wishful thinking. We hope a vaccine will be developed sooner rather than later. We hope we will stay healthy if we have to go back to work, or just go out into the community. We hope our family will stay safe. We hope to see family and friends again soon. We hope restrictions will be lifted soon. Now that warmer spring weather has finally arrived, we hope we can enjoy outdoor spaces once again. We hope we’ll come out of this okay financially. We hope the business we work in doesn’t go under. We hope sooo much!

Hope is something that has been with us for thousands of years. David lived a life full of stress and difficulty. He would quite readily admit that things seemed hopeless, but … he would also know that God was with him. Let’s see what David had to say about hope in the Psalms.

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19 “Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.” Psalm 33: 22

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” Psalm 43: 5

When David was discouraged, he prayed for comfort and to sense God’s love surrounding him. He also praised God. When we find ourselves edgy and depressed, pray. In our prayers acknowledge that God is in control. We don’t have to fix everything; God loves us and cares for us. Find some worship music (CD’s. Alexa, radio, etc.) and sing along. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about what we sound like when we are home alone. Praise God! Focus on him!

“Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25: 5

David has another suggestion – “lead me by your truth and teach me”. How does God teach us to hope in him? By reading his Word. So, as much as possible, start each day by reading your Bible. See what God has to say to you. Find some verses that you love, write them on a card, and work on memorizing them. That way, when you are feeling hopeless about when this all will end, you can repeat those verses in your mind.

As Paul is finishing up writing Romans, he has this to say:

Romans 15: 13 – 14

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.”

As Christ followers, we have the Holy Spirit living within us. His power will give us confident hope. We may think we become hopeful because life is going well. If we ‘get a handle’ on the coronavirus, we’ll be hopeful and cheerful once again. Hope comes from a good life. That’s is actually fantasy. It’s God who is the source of hope. When we trust him, we are filled completely with joy and peace.

Paul mentions that he is confident the Christians he is writing to are trusting God. I like this statement – “You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.” We can support each other. That’s a great idea in this historical time. Write notes of encouragement to others. When a person comes to mind, stop and send an email – just a quick reminder that God loves us and is in control. Just imagine how you’d feel if you opened up your email, or a note/ card that came in the mail, and someone said something encouraging to you. That feels so good! So pass along that great feeling today.

“Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.” Psalm 33: 22

Here is the song that matches today’s devotions.

I’ve been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind
I’ve seen the dark and the broken places But I know in my soul

No matter how bad it gets I’ll be alright

There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it

I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me

There’s a place at the end of the storm
You finally find
Where the hurt and the tears and the pain
All fall behind

You open up your eyes and up ahead
There’s a big sun shining
Right then and there you realize
You’ll be alright

There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me

There’s a hope still burning
I can feel it rising through the night
And my world’s still turning
I can feel your love here by my side

You’re my hope
You’re the light, I still see it
Your hands are holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I’ve got to believe
I still have hope
You are my hope

6 Replies to “May 22 – Hope”

  1. A fun idea we’ve done is made a list of the names of God Ato Z-it’s amazing how many names He has. Did it for a week and every time I heard a song with Gods name, I wrote it down.
    Keeps my focus on Him too.
    Thanks for devotional Audrey.

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