Thou Art My Hope

Jeremiah 17:17 "Thou art my hope in the day of evil."

Leading a Christian life isn't always easy. Our path isn't always bright and sunny and we will find ourselves in the valley. We find ourselves confused with thoughts like "Lord, I'm your child, why is this happening to me?"
Our expectations of what it means to be a child of God can sometimes lean on being a bit distorted.  We are not exempt from the realities of living an imperfect life in an imperfect world with all that goes with that.  The difference for us is that we can be assured that our Heavenly Father wants what is best for us.  He sees everything.  He cares.  We have a rock to run to for "who is a rock save our God."  He wants us to learn to depend on Him. To pull away from self-dependence and to have faith and trust in Him.

In Psalm we read about David crying out to God, "Why standest thou afar off O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?" (Ps. 10:1) What a precious example for us to learn from and follow.  Sure, it is ok for us to turn our hearts and mind to our God.  We will express our weakness in faith sometimes, but ultimately we can grow in that same faith as we watch God move in our lives.  This same David says in Psalms 27:14 - Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."

These times in the desert are when we need reminded that, while are faith may be weak in these moments this is when are faith will be made strong.  "Wait, I say, on the Lord." During the times of feeling all alone and wondering where God is, remember "For the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

"The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope."  -Charles Spurgeon

written by:  Marissa Mitchell

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