God truly does speak thru His Word.
Where is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?
Job 17:15 CSB
Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him. God is our refuge. Selah Psalm 62:5-8 CSB
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a LIVING HOPE through the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST from the dead
1 Peter 1:3 CSB (my emphasis)
Personally, I find the word hope to be one of the most beautiful words in the Bible; the feeling of expectation and trust of what is to come.
I’m sharing this with you today because I know some of you think I am quitting ministries and I am not. Also, I am not leaving my church. I simply need a reset. I need to rest in this hope, The Living Hope, Jesus, for a moment. I need to take that Selah pause & breathe.
Pray; that’s all I ask this week is for you to pray. Just pray. I think it would do all of us good to simply take some moments & lift our praises, request, thanksgivings, our cries, our silence to God. To just simply rest in him. Can any of us say we truly do that?
Oh God, my Abba Father, I need you, desperately need you. We all do. Thank you for our Living Hope. Fill me. Oh Lord, fill me till my cup runneth with your joy. Strengthen my dependence on you. As I spoke with the kids at VBS last week, I can do all things THRU CHRIST who strengthens me. It is not of myself & I rely on self too much. May I never forget your beautiful words of hope that you so graciously have given me. It is only thru your sacrifice and resurrection that I have this hope. I look forward with that expectation and trust of your coming again. In Jesus’ powerful and true name, amen.