Friday, June 26, 2020

When Hope is Hard for You

By: Sarah Geringer 

Turn to me and have mercy,
    for I am alone and in deep distress.
My problems go from bad to worse.

    Oh, save me from them all!
Feel my pain and see my trouble.

    Forgive all my sins.
See how many enemies I have

    and how viciously they hate me!
Protect me! Rescue my life from them!

    Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.
May integrity and honesty protect me,

    for I put my hope in you.
O God, ransom Israel
    from all its troubles.

Psalm 25:16-22 NLT

Is hope easy for you, or is it hard? In my Bible study group, we've been discussing this question.

For some, hope isn't too difficult. For others, especially those of us who are struggling right now, hope can be hard to come by.

What is your hope level today? On a scale of 1 being low, 10 being high, where does it rank?

Today's reading from Psalm 25:16-22 tells us what David was asking when he sought help from God. He asked that his integrity and honesty would protect him.

I don't think that David was putting hope into his own merits. In his own record of good deeds.

I think he was saying this:

"God, you and I have a close relationship. I need you now.

Don't forget me; don't forget the times I've sought you out before. 

The times I drew close to you. 

The times I showed you my love and commitment. 

I'm drawing close to you now, hoping you'll protect me and save me."

Do you also draw close to God when you need hope? Does your relationship with God feel like a protective cover in times of trouble?

What action can you take today to place more hope in the God you love?

I'm putting hope in him by claiming his promises when I read them in the Bible. Any time I see a promise in my daily reading, I make it into a prayer.

How can you choose hope even if it is hard for you, based on this Scripture?

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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  1. Sarah, I am so very grateful for the hope I can draw from God's Word. As we keep our eyes on the Lord (Psalm 25:15) we can avoid the traps of hopelessness which the enemy sets for us. May we remember, "The Lord is good and does what is right" (verse 8) and "The Lord is a friend to those who fear him" (verse 14). Our hope is found in Him. Grateful to be encouraged by His Word and yours this morning :)


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