Let’s help each other.
It’s so easy these days to complain about the state of our world and fret about what is going on around us. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed about what has happened or what is happening to me personally. It’s so easy to slip into a hopeless and helpless mode of thinking.
But we are not hopeless or helpless. We might walk through fire or flood—and those things hurt, we all know they do—but we are not hopeless or helpless!
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23)
God can be trusted. He surrounds us with His love and mercies. He does not leave us to wander through this life alone. He has a plan for each of us, and He works that plan in everything that happens to us.
Let’s remind each other of all of this. Let’s share with sisters and brothers the stories of how God has kept His promises. No matter whether the incident is a huge, life-changing moment or a small, seemingly trivial thing—when we open our eyes to see our Father’s love and faithfulness at work in our lives and we open our mouths to tell each other about these gifts of mercy, then we are helping and encouraging each other to trust more and more in our God.
Let’s seek out and know His promises. Let’s go boldly to the Father and ask for them. Let’s remind each other of them. Let’s live with joy in the treasure we’ve been given.
The Creator has a plan for this world, and He will not be deterred. We no longer “live” in the short span of years we walk the earth. We now live an eternal life, planted in us by the eternal Creator. Our lives are so much more than the narrow and shallow views we have as long as our feet are planted on the ground. Though we only have glimpses now, our feet have been planted in another realm!
I love the verse in Hebrews 11 that observes that Moses, when faced with fierce opposition from Pharaoh, did not waver. He “kept right on going, because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).
Let’s help each other live, not in the “facts” and “realities” of earthly life, but in the facts and realities of this eternal realm.
Let’s remind each other that we can live with great expectation, for there is wonderful joy ahead—in both the long-range, eternal plans of God, and in our personal lives today.
“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does” (Psalm 33:4).
Let’s help each other to be trees by the water, fully trusting in the One who gave us this life and these promises. Then we will not fear heat or drought, we’ll be always green and always producing fruit.
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Here’s one more post to read if you’re walking through a wilderness right now: Barren Desert to Garden of Eden.
And MORE on the gift of hope: Psalm 9:10; Psalm 31:15, 21-22; Psalm 33:4; Psalm 39:6-7; Psalm 42:5, 11; Psalm 43:5; Psalm 56:4; Psalm 62:5-6; Psalm 71:14; Psalm 78:7; Psalm 119:49-50, 76; Psalm 145:13; Psalm 146:5-6; Proverbs 10:24-25; Isaiah 51:3; Isaiah 55:3; Jeremiah 17:5-8; Lamentations 3:24; Micah 7:7; Romans 4:16-21; Romans 5:5; Romans 8:26-27, 31-34; Romans 12:12; Romans 15:4, 13; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Ephesians 2:12; Colossians 1:11-12; Hebrews 6:18-20; Hebrews 10:23-25; Hebrews 10:35; Hebrews 11:27; 1 Peter 1:3, 6; Revelation 1:17-18
Remember your promise to me;
It is my only hope.