Wednesday Word 2.06.2018

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

Hope. Scripture is filled with hope. We are told to put our trust in the Lord and he will guide us (Proverbs 3:5-6). We are told that the Lord’s faithfulness is great and grows more merciful with each passing day (Lamentations 3:23). The Lord’s love is unfailing (Psalms 33:5). The Lord wants what is best for us to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Hope is the fuel that keeps the fire burning. It helps us to sleep at night and gives us a reason to get up in the morning. I hope it will be a good day. I hope I will be the kind of daughter I was meant to be today. I hope the Reds have a good year. These specific hopes set a positive tone. It is much more pleasant to face the day or the baseball season with hope.

When the situation is dire, when you are swamped by doubts and fears, hope may be the only thing to pull you through. Ultimately, placing our hope in the Lord is the only thing of which we can be certain. How can we be sure? Crack open that Book! We are told over and over. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” I hope I never forget…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki