Tag Archive | put your hope in God

I Samuel 16:7 ” The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Over the course of my career in Health Care Administration I have interviewed many people for positions I needed filled.  Many times I would size up the applicant in just a few minutes…looking at how they came dressed for the interview, or how they conducted themselves, etc.  But I learned early on that my immediate perception of the person was often flawed.  For it wasn’t until I could discern their hearts…their passion for caring for others, that I could then make an accurate decision about employment.  I am so thankful that God looks beyond my outward appearance and searches my heart…not looking at the superficial me but rather at my inner most being.  For God knows my heart and its secrets, (Psalm 44:21) and still loves me.  And for that, I will put my hope and trust in Him.

Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Sometimes it’s because of serious illness or loss…sometimes it’s the result of circumstances way beyond our control…but regardless, we can find ourselves without hope.  There standing before us is no bright promise for things to come…only the bleak darkness of the here and now.   But God’s intent…His plan and purpose for each one of us, is to give us hope and a future with Him.  For God’s Will is only about doing good…His plans are perfect, His purpose for us, only the very best.  So in place of our hopelessness, God promises joy… and in place of fear, He promises peace.

Psalm 33:18 ” But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.”

In I Peter 3:12 the Apostle Peter quotes Psalm 34:15 when he writes, ” For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers.”  Peter was writing to God-fearing Christians, encouraging them to endure the persecution that was prevalent at the time.  Persecution can take on many type of faces.  It can be internal physical affliction that drags us down…or it can be external forces that exasperate and irritate us.  Peter wanted to show that regardless of the kind of persecution…God’s loving mercy is everlasting and always near to those who love Him.

Lamentations 3: 25-26 ” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Psalm 40:1 says, “I wait patently for the Lord.”  Exodus 14:14 tells us, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  In these verses in Lamentations the author, Jeremiah, wants to stress not only the need to wait patiently for the Lord in confident hopefulness…but to wait quietly, marked by little activity to attempt to fix things on our part. (In other words, not trying to “help God.”)  To do both simultaneously and to do them well is a real test of our trust in Him.

Lamentations 3:24 ” I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ “

Statistics say that human beings spend approximately 6 months of their lives waiting in line for things…which amounts to about 3 days a year just standing around.  So how can we change the complexion and emotions associated with waiting from bored, frustrated, impatience… to hopeful expectation  that’s rooted in God?   It could first start by raising your head up from your phone and engaging in the world around you.  People complain that they’re lonely…but they refuse to become involved in casual conversation with the person standing in line next to them…preferring to bury their face in their phone instead.  But consider this…maybe God placed that person specifically there to have you speak encouragement into their life.  So the next time you find yourself waiting…look around…God may have someone He wants you to talk to.

I Peter 1:3 ” Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

What does it mean to you to be born again?  Maybe it’s been a long time since you even thought about it, especially if you’ve been a Believer for years.  When you said “Yes” to Jesus, you underwent spiritual rebirth.  What was once corruptible became incorruptible,  and passed from death unto life.  When we are born again, all is made new…for by God’s great mercy and the sacrificial blood of Christ, we are saved from our sins.  To be born again means we are truly a new  person standing before God…righteous and blameless in His sight.

Psalm 131:1-3 ” My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever more.”

Have troubles gone beyond the bounds of your human strength…put your hope in the Lord.  Have all your expectations, desires, and dreams crumbled before your eyes…put your hope in the Lord.  Are you in the middle of an impossible situation with no seemingly way out…put your hope in the Lord.  For God can perform wonders that cannot be fathomed and miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 5:9)  He is the God of the unattainable, the unsolvable, and the hopeless…for He is the God of the impossible, and nothing is too hard for Him. (Genesis 18:14)