Friday, April 3, 2020

Having Hope in Troubled Times

By: Sarah Geringer 

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,
for God can be trusted to keep His promise.

Hebrews 10:23 NLT

It’s like a blizzard none of us saw coming. 

In a real blizzard, roads are blocked, some businesses close, and life comes to a halt for several days.

However, it’s spring. Here in the Midwest, birds are singing. Flowers and trees are blooming. It’s warm enough to take a prayer walk or enjoy a picnic.

But only if you stay at home.

Everything just feels wrong!

We are in an unprecedented time of history, when the whole world is being rocked to its core with this pandemic.

This unprecedented time calls for unbreakable hope. 

Because we worship the one true God, we can have hope despite the troubles we face.
The lesser troubles: 
Craving interaction.

The bigger troubles: 
Testing positive. 
Losing your job. 
Watching your 401K turn downward.

Here is hope…God is sovereign. 

He saw this coming, even when we did not. He is in perfect control over your health, finances, and relationships. None of this took him by surprise, and none of this is outside of his perfect knowledge and care.

I encourage you to meditate on this verse every time you need hope:

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,
for God can be trusted to keep His promise.

Hebrews 10:23 NLT
Spend time every day pouring out your troubles to God in prayer. 
Cling to Him in hope. 
If you do, your faith will be stronger, and you’ll be closer to the Lord God Almighty when these troubles pass.

Heavenly Father,
I didn't see these troubled times coming, but you did.
Because you are sovereign over all, I can trust you.
I confess that my trust has been wearing thin lately.
But I want to trust you more in these unprecendented times.
May my hope in you become unbreakable, day by day.
Right now, I will hold tightly to it, believing you'll keep your promises
I thank you in advance for the ways my hope in you will grow.
In Jesus' name,

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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