“Be strong & take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” (Psalm 31:24)
Sometimes I like to look up specific words in the Bible on BibleGateWay.com. Today I was looking up the word “hope.” Other health issues have arisen for me & I need encouragement. I need hope.
This verse caught my eye. “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11). I thought to myself, “Exactly! That is exactly how I feel right now. My strength feels so low – my prospects so dim. How can I wait patiently & hope?”
The truth is, on my own, I can’t.
I’m sure you have probably heard the saying, “When you get to the end of you rope, tie a knot & hold on.” I have read that & wondered, “What if you don’t have the strength to hold on anymore?”
Once again I realize that my hope isn’t the knot at the end of a rope. My hope is not in my own strength to hold on or in the prospects for the rest of my life. My hope is in God. For some people, that seems amorphous. Why hope in an intangible being? My response?
When I look back over my life, I realize there have been times I was sure I would not make it through. Yet I did. I also know that I have never made it through on my own strength. On my own, I would have given up long ago.
Yes, we will have moments of weakness & doubt. And in those moments we have a choice. We have a choice to try to make it through on our own – or to trust God. I know full well that it is a hard choice.
A recent commercial used to say “Got milk?” When I l& in the place I am in today, I need to remind myself, “Got God!”
Prayer: Father, Thank you that you underst& our moments of weakness & disheartenment. Thank you that you have provided for those moments with the glorious hope that is You. Amen.
About the Author:
deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain & chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord & Savior. Her multiple illnesses (Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself & her Christian walk. It is her fondest desire that her lessons may be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness.
deni can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Her website is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com/Encouragement