Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Those who “catch” this Reinvented Hope are on the hunt for it.
Scriptures of the Day:
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”
We are nearing the end of our journey exploring this new Hope Reinvented, which was found as we applied God’s precious word and promises through all the obstacles life has thrown at us.
Discovering this hope was not easy, but we can say that it was worth it, no matter what the cost – to gain this precious gift of a hope everlasting.
As we run this race and explore this life to see what our hope really is, we first have examined what it is not.
- Reinvented hope is not in belongings or riches.
- Reinvented hope is not in having a perfect life.
- Reinvented hope is not in any person or thing.
- Reinvented hope is not in any achievements I pursue or gain.
- Reinvented hope is not in the avoidance of pain.
- Reinvented hope is not in another man’s praise or acceptance.
Oddly enough, Reinvented hope is discovered when:
- Rejection comes knocking on our door, causing us to run to our Father for lasting acceptance.
- Illness comes, bringing suffering that humbles us and causes us to look for a hope beyond our pain.
- Sorrow knocks on our door unexpectedly, jolting us into the reality that our hopes are no more.
- When the pressures of this life build to an intense level – finances or relationships in turmoil – and cause us to find resolution.
It is in these desperate moments of life that we look up to our God and need something more. Aware that this life has not delivered what we had hoped, we come before God bankrupt with scarcely a hope at all. We battle through disillusionment and fight to finally obtain an authentic definition of what it means to walk side-by-side with our Creator and really place our hope and trust in Him.
I believe those who “catch” this hope are on the hunt for it. They don’t leave the race of this life, despite many discouraging “hope killers”. They are instead thrusting themselves forward with whatever strength they have left, and placing themselves in the mercies of God.
I am not much of a runner, but I run anyway. I have had to battle numerous autoimmune diseases and have many more days with pain than without. Pain has a way of making things feel impossible. Hope seems futile when just basic functioning is a challenge.
In the midst of some of my greatest pain, I have written love notes to my God that could not have been written had I not been brought to my knees. As I surrendered to the adjustments I had to make to be able to still be productive, a funny thing happened. I was surprised by gratitude and discovered a hope that was greater than when I had been well and I worshiped God in a way I had not before.
I still have to guard my health, but in His mercy God has placed many of my autoimmune diseases underneath my feet in remission. What a good God. But the lessons learned are even more precious to me than the healing He has brought. I will praise my God whether I am well or not, for in all of it, He is my hope and He will use it all for my good and His glory.
When we discover this hope, we need to be like the Psalmist and hold onto this Hope Reinvented with all our being. The storms of life ebb and flow, but God’s hope is constant throughout. As we wait for our ultimate redemption, His hope and His word are our strength and enablement to live a worthy life full of hope for His glory.
Oh God, I am overcome by Your goodness! Thank You for revealing this awesome hope we have in You! Help us to rely on You and not anything You created. Open our eyes when we are tempted to look to anything else other than You for our salvation.
I have a new song called, “You Are Worthy” coming out on November 4th, currently available on my ministry website. This song epitomizes to me a path to find joy. As we focus on God’s worth and character, our problems become smaller, we discover lasting hope and joy and are lost in worship of Him.