Stirrings : Hope

There seems to be extremely difficult things going on in several of my friends lives right now.  I just received an email from a friend who lives in another state who just last year lost two parents, two grandparents, and a baby they had been planning for two years to adopt.  When they went to pick up the baby they found out there was no child and it was all a scam—and lost all of their money. They are moving to a new state with a new job for a fresh start.  Two of my other dear friends are dealing with some really tough situations in their family lives.  And another is coping with an illness taking their child too early in life.  I know those of you reading this could add your own struggles to this list. 

This morning, as I prayed about what God might want me to write about, I felt the nudge to share His hope and peace to those who might be reading this.  God’s word is the source of this hope….drink it in, rest in it, and know it is a true peace that is real and tangible in our hearts.  God loves us each, his Sons and Daughters, and wants to bring us peace in the midst of a turbulent, unpredictable, unstable and sometimes just unhappy world.  While He doesn’t always remove the difficult situation from our lives, he will carry us through to the other side of our trial.  He does this through a peace that he places in our hearts when we go before him and say, “God, I don’t know if I can handle this.  I need your strength and peace.  I trust that you have a plan for my life and know and see further than I can know and see.”  It is so hard to believe that God is present when we can’t see or feel him.  But that is what faith is all about:

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we DO NOT SEE.”
 ~Hebrews 11:1

God has promised us these things:

Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant (the relationship between us and Him) and mercy (his loving kindness in our lives)for a thousand generations who love Him and keep His commandments.
~ Deuteronomy 7:9

For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you,
“Do not fear, I will help you.”  ~ Isaiah 41:13

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalm 91: 14-15

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.   ~Isaiah 43:1-3

Do you see that God knows we will go through trouble?  It does not say “if”.  Yet, he does not leave us hanging…he gives us these promises to cling to.
Because God knows our story, the beginning, the NOW, and the end, what if we were to trust him through it?  He is throwing out a life preserver to us….will we grab on?

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