“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens; thus you are lightened. Heaviness is not of My kingdom. Cling to hope, and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness. -Adapted from: Jesus Calling, Sarah Young
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. (Psalm 25:3)
Sometimes it is difficult to have hope. It can be especially difficult to hope out loud. Sometimes, others are threatened by our hope because they have none, and they work to hurt those who are hopeful. These people are being “treacherous,” which means they are faithless, deceitful and untrustworthy. That’s why this verse becomes so important to believers. We need to know that God will not forget us. He will not allow us to be shamed for our hope. When we put our hope in God, we will be victorious. This should give us tremendous confidence. Believers should not be afraid to hope. We should hope boldly—out loud—because we know that God is real, and our hope in him is real. -Bible Gateway, Commentary: The NIV 365-Day Devotional
The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)
But we must be prepared to wait on God’s timing. His timing is precise, for he does things “at the very time” he has set [Genesis 21:2]. It is not for us to know his timing, and in fact we cannot know it- we must wait for it.
If God had told Abraham while he was in Haran that he would have to wait thirty years before holding his promised child in his arms, his heart might have failed him. So God, as an act of His gracious love, hid from Abraham the number of weary years he would be required to wait. Only as the time was approaching, with but a few months left to wait, did God reveal His promise: “At the appointed time next year…Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18.14). The “appointed time” came at last, and soon the joyous laughter that filled the patriarch’s home caused the now elderly couple to forget their long and tiring wait.
So take heart when God requires you to wait. The one you wait for will not disappoint you. He will never be even five minutes behind “the appointed time”. And soon your “grief will turn to joy” (John 16:20).
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)
Just beyond our last heartbeat lies eternity. That’s where our Savior is pointing us. The path may not be clear to our eyes, but Jesus is leading us there with a steady and sure hand. Our part is to follow in obedience so that we may reach heaven and hear the Father say, “Well done.” -Dr. Charles Stanley
“I shall cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” (Ezekial 34:26)