“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lam 3:24-26)
Being a child of God is blissful. We are blessed, protected, and guided by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yet we may encounter difficulties and sickness throughout our journey of life. As every morning is new, God’s grace is abundant. We still have hope when we are in distress. Facing the pressures and difficulties of life, why not try to seek peace and rest from prayers, adjust our emotions, relax oneself, and find the strength to start again.
Still I am certain to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Ps 27:13 (BSB)
Sometimes God resolves our problems immediately. Other times God seems silent. When problems arise, we may be confident in God’s help and kneel before Him with a hopeful heart. But when hours, days, and years go by, and there is still no improvement to our situation, we may feel discouraged, afraid, or even angry. These are natural responses to uncertainty and distress, but if we focus on these negative feelings, we may eventually lose hope and doubt God.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)
During college, whenever my little sister was told that I was coming home, she would wait for me the entire day. As soon as I jiggled my house key into the lock, I would hear her small footsteps approaching the door. When she would finally see me, her eyes would widen while she exclaimed my name out loud and ran towards me for a wholesome hug. It did not matter how frequent I came home, her greetings were always filled with the same sincere excitement.
Being able to look forward to someone’s return or to have hope in something yet to come is healthy to our life. Hope keeps us grounded and gives us a purpose for waking up each morning but two difficulties accompany hope Continue reading →