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I am thankful for hope – Psalm 71:5 (NKJV)

November 5, 2011
Psalm 71:5 “For you are my hope, O Lord God.”
Definition (from Dictionary.com)
Hope (noun)
- the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
Hope (verb used with object)
- to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
- to believe, desire, or trust
Life is hard without hope – without God’s hope.  Many confuse God’s hope with setting goals, planning and self-driven ideals. What they find is that they can line up goals and achieve them, but still have that empty, hopeless spot in their heart. There’s also reality. Life is hard for many people around the world today. Many suffer debilitating illnesses (both physical and mental), lack of jobs, tight finances, family and relational stresses, just name it, etc.
Before I allowed God to help me live life as it was meant to be lived on earth, I allowed my circumstances to make me feel hopeless. My thoughts, actions and emotions controlled the realities of my life. Consequently, I made unwise choices, I had no peace and I felt hopeless. I allowed depression to overtake me. I felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel… It was quite horrible…
Hopelessness can be life threatening.
Outwardly, I faked a good life because I did my best to meet goals, make plans, do things right and look like a champion on my own merits and wit. But my life was silently desperate without God’s sunshine.
Once I made that connection to God Almighty, things turned around. Now I look at things through His eyes and heart. Now I can deal with the circumstances and consequences of my life because I have God’s hope.
This isn’t one of the best times of my life, but I am hopeful in the Lord. I am thankful and in awe of how God carries me through the trials, sorrows and good times. Hope is alive; hope is vibrant. Perhaps it’s the loving relationship I’ve developed with the Lord. He knows the real me, and I know that he loves me as I navigate the dashes of my life on earth. I can see eternity through his eyes.
I am hopeful in the Lord. I love the Lord right back. J

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