Gripping Hope

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Photo by Katie Dunlap

During this Christmas season, my desire is to worship Him more.  These words from “Jesus Calling” soothe my soul as I see so much heartache and sorrow.  Our HOPE is found in Jesus.

“I love you with an everlasting Love, which flows out from the depths of eternity.  Before you were born, I knew you.  Ponder the awesome mystery of a Love that encompasses you from before birth to beyond the grave.

Modern man has lost the perspective of eternity.  To distract himself from the gaping jaws of death, he engages in ceaseless activity and amusement.  The practice of being still in My Presence is almost a lost art, yet it is this very stillness that enables you to experience My eternal LOVE.  You need the certainty of My loving Presence in order to weather the storms of life.  During times of severe testing, even the best theology can fail you if it isn’t accompanied by experiential knowledge of Me.  The ultimate protection against sinking during lives storms is devoting time to developing your friendship with Me.”

I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.  It’s a good thing to quietly hope for help from God.  It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.  If he works severely, he also works tenderly.  His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. Lamentations 3:22-27 (The Message)

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