Aren’t we all looking for a fresh dose of hope? Even two weeks into a new year and already things feel wearisome, stale and heavy. The new calendar couldn’t offer us much hope.
Fresh hope comes only from one Source. We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:4-5)
As I grope for hope in places where it is found only in fleeting, temporal forms; I am reminded of five tips for refocusing and finding fresh hope that is permanent and stable because it is staked on the Anchor.
* Fresh hope is found on our FACE. The physical posture we take reminds our hearts of the spiritual posture we need. Repeatedly we see followers of God go face down throughout Scripture when they encountered Him. If we are after the fresh hope of God we may need to begin with a fresh posture, facedown, whether physically or spiritually.
* Fresh hope is found in REPENTANCE. In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, God told His people through Isaiah in chapter 30. When we recognize our weakness, sin and inability to be our own hope; or we repent of placing our hope in a politician, leader or pastor we gain perspective. We are to return our hope to God alone. His truth and promises will remain and are unshaken by illness, riots or political failures.
* Fresh hope is found in EXAMINING the Word. Remember your word to your servant in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. (Psalm 119:49-50) His word is our sure hope and promise that this life is not all we have, the joys here pale in comparison to the joy to come. His promise of a future hope with Him can give us the perspective we need on hard days to refocus on what is still to come.
* Fresh hope is found in STILLNESS. Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. (Psalm 46:10) When we set aside the distractions and noise of the phone, the news, the world and we get still long enough to remember He is God and He will be exalted among the nations, we will find a fresh dose of much needed hope.
* Fresh hope is found in HIM. Jesus alone is our Hope. Why are you downcast, o my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 45:5) When our soul is in turmoil over bad news, scary details and unstable outcomes, let’s remind it to hope in God and praise Him. He is our salvation and for that alone we can praise Him forever.
Hope is not found to be lasting when we stake our hope in man or in this temporal world, but oh when we hope in the One whose promises are sure! He will renew our strength and we will mount up with wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) There is a hope to come, dear believer, that is worth the wait!
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