Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
Having Hope at Thanksgiving…
“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:28–30, ESV)
On this the day before Thanksgiving I am thankful for the God of Hope. When I think about our needs at the top of the list is the God who loves us, Jesus who gave His life for us, and the Holy Spirit who not only makes both of them real but also sustains us. And then comes Hope. I am thankful for Hope. Not hope in its wishful thinking mode but Hope in its God will see it through mode.
Proverbs 29:18 reads, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (KJV) I put Hope in the same category as vision, “Where there is no Hope, the people perish…” Of course that cannot be taken literally, perhaps this a better way of understanding it, “Where there is no Hope, life becomes empty, drifting in an endless sea of hopelessness.”
Hope in its God will see it through mode not only illuminates the darkness of hopelessness it also gives us the motivation and strength run, walk, or crawl toward and into the Light at the end of the tunnel. For me this morning’s opening verse is not only filled with Hope but also with Vision.
Once upon a time prior to 1981 I could run and I could jump having both hips replaced brought an end to running and jumping. While I wasn’t really into running and jumping we were raising two young boys at the time and suddenly an important part of me as a father was gone. Then along came Hope, Hope not that I would be able to run and jump again, but Hope that God would see us as a family through it. And Hope worked because “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true…”
I have learned over the years and it’s the lesson I want to pass along to you, Hope (in its God will see it through mode) doesn’t necessarily solve our problems and difficulties, Hope IS the solution because when you have Hope you relinquish the outcome to Jehovah-Jireh, the God who sees and provides. The day will come when I will once again be able to run and jump, it will probably not be in this life but then with Hope the next life becomes alive. As my good friend Robert Campbell said and lived, “Keep Hope Alive!”.
Happy Thanksgiving my friend! And have a second helping of Hope!
May your focus be on Jesus and may the Holy Spirit nurture and grow the Seeds of Blessing planted in you.
GRACE and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, ESV