Abounding In Hope

The Psalmist wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 31:

​23 ​​Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints!

​​For the LORD preserves the faithful,

​​And fully repays the proud person.

24 ​​Be of good courage,

​​And He shall strengthen your heart,

​​All you who hope in the LORD.

Dealing with adversity is simply a part of life.  Each of us attempts to minimize adversity whenever possible and we take steps to protect ourselves from events and people who would negatively impact us or our wellbeing.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 15:

13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.

Our Heavenly Father is the GOD OF HOPE thus we should walk in hope as well.  In the midst of adversity, we can rely on our hope IN HIM to help us through the challenges, even with joy and peace in our hearts.  When things look bleak, we must not place our focus on the problems at hand but instead the hope and firm expectation that FATHER will provide a way out of the situation.

In 1996, my wife and I were in financial distress and we were running out of cash to pay our bills.  She had a dream that we sold a piece of property we owned in Alabama and at one time it was worth one-third of what we paid for it.  In her dream, she was given the sales price of the property which was about three times what we had originally paid.  I called the realtor on Friday afternoon and she committed to place a “for sale” sign the next morning, even though there was virtually no traffic this time of year.  When we told our asking price, she was taken back and told us that property had not selling at such a high price.  As she was placing the sign the next morning, a man drove by and asked her the price of the land.  She told him and he immediately said he wanted it.  As he was writing the check at closing, he commented “I know I am paying too much for this property but I want it.”  Our financial stress ended and we never missed a payment.

We must trust that FATHER will use whatever means necessary to fulfill HIS Love toward us.  It may be in some unusual manner or HE may move upon someone to provide a solution to our problems.  As we keep our eyes on HIM, HE will strengthen our hearts and sustain us through whatever trials come our way.  Let us abound in hope which is based on the firm expectation that FATHER Loves us and is looking out for our best interest.

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