In January, I found myself so often clinging to verses about healing, rest, and comfort. In February, there were many verses on having hope and not fear. Psalm 16:9 preciously linked the two, in my heart“ . . . my flesh also shall rest in hope.” There can be many fears after a miscarriage, regarding future pregnancies. There can be many fears concerning cutting-ties with a family’s income, and starting deputation. There can be many fears about taking your little ones to the other side of the world. But God’s Word reassures me that I can “Trust in him at all times . . . (and) pour out your heart before him . . .” (Psalm 62:8) God knows my heart; He knows my fears. Because of Christ, I can be counted as one “Who against hope believed in hope . . .” (Romans 4:18) Even when things seem doubtful, I need not fear.
Romans 15 has some powerful verses for an often-pessimistically- practical person, such as myself. You see, sometimes “being realistic”, can be the enemy of “having faith” or “having hope”. The Bible says, “ . . . that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation . . . Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” He is the “God of patience and consolation” and “the God of hope”, and He wants ME to “abound in hope”!
How do I come by such hope? Do I muster it up within myself and just seek to become a more optimistic “it will all work out” kind of person? No! Psalm 146:5 declares “Happy is he . . . whose hope is in the LORD his God.” My hope is founded in my Savior! “ . . . that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4) My hope is founded in the Word of God! “ . . . that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13) Such abounding hope comes through the power of God’s Holy Spirit! I cannot be thus hopeful on my own.
Acts 4:13 says, “ . . . and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” By my actions and my words, do my husband and my girls know that I’ve “been with Jesus”? Or do I live a life of fear and trepidation? Is there any kind of difference, when I emerge from my quiet time with God? Have I left all fears aside, and emerged a more HOPEFUL person, because of WHO my hope is founded in? “ . . . until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.” (Psalm 71:18) If we do this – trusting God for deputation, for future babies, for our finances, etc. – even our daughters may see God’s strength and His power in our lives.
In Psalm 71, David declares, “But I will hope continually . . .” Hope and not fear! This is a SPIRITUAL resolve! Not a mustered-up will-power, but a determination founded on the right things – God Himself, His Word, and the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
Thinking on these things, in recent months, I compiled a list before the Lord. This is from my heart, Ladies. This is my prayer:
· I will hope that God will give us life and not loss . . .
· I will hope that we will be safe on the road during deputation . . .
· I will hope that we will raise the support to go to Indonesia . . .
· I will hope that my blood sugar issues will not hinder us . . .
· I will hope that we will still have homeschooling and parenting successes, while on the road . . .
· I will hope that our children will make many friends all over the U.S. and the world . . .
· I will hope that Brandon and I will stay romantic and fiercely in love, amid the challenges . . .
· I will hope for strength in my weakness, peace in my fears, and victories on every side . . .
· I will hope for good attitudes, gracious words, and God-given opportunities to be witnesses of God’s love and of His work in our lives . . .
· I will hope that others will desire to love and reach Muslims, because of God’s call on our lives . . .
And most recently . . .
· I will hope that the flu leaves our household very soon! SMILE!
With God’s help, “I will hope continually, and will yet praise . . . (Him) . . . more and more.”
And “I will go . . .” (71:15) I will go overseas with the Gospel of Christ, because my hope is in Jesus Christ!
“For thou art my hope, O LORD GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.” (71:5)
“ . . . God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty . . .” (I Corinthians 1:27)
“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea . . .” (Psalm 46:2)
I WILL hope . . . I WILL go . . . I WILL NOT fear . . . Spiritual resolve and hopeful thinking . . .
We ALL need hope in our lives. “Happy is he . . . whose hope is in the LORD his God.” (Psalm 146:5)