Last week I had hope. Last week God gave me a verse about how He delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love (Psalm 147:10). Last week I prayed and lived with expectation that God will do all that He has promised. But this week, I'm wondering if it was nothing more than wishful thinking.
So, what's changed?
Well, some old acquaintances have reappeared: Conflict. Challenge. Comparison. Cares (of the world). Contentment (a lack of).
They've left me feeling hopeless and helpless, and I'm questioning the truth of God's word.
I mean, does this sound familiar? Have you been there?
Like God gave me this writing dream thing. I stepped out in faith to start a blog. Now, I've made plenty of mistakes--spent too much time trying to grow the blog--and in the process, I neglected some important people. People who love me, and I love them too--more than anything in the world.
I realized that some days I spent more time visiting other blogs than I spent with my loving God. And He's the reason that I write. Now, that's way wrong.
I had to make some changes.
I read my Bible before I read anything on the computer. If my darlin' husband is at home, I don't blog. If the little girls who call me Nonna are here, I don't blog.
As you can see, I haven't blogged much in the past few months. My blog isn't growing. My writing is limited to my journals.
How will I ever become a writer?
This dream seems hopeless, sweet girl, like wishing on a star.
But then I read what a guy named Paul wrote about a guy named Abraham.
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be" (Romans 4:18).
See God made a promise to Abraham. Abraham dreamed of the day when he would see the promise fulfilled. He waited and waited. Still, no promised son. Abraham's dream began to seem hopeless to him.
Just like my dream seems to me. Like maybe your dream or situation seems to you.
But look at these words: against all hope.
I love this message! When we think that there's no reason to hope--that hope is gone--we are wrong.
Sweet girl, we will always have hope.
Against all hope, we can hope.
In spite of the conflicts and challenges that we face--in spite of how we sometimes focus too much on the cares of the world--what we're going to eat, drink, and wear--and in spite of feeling an occasional lack of contentment, we still have hope.
Our hope is based on more than mere wishful thinking; our hope is a person. His name is Jesus Christ, and He loves us with an unfailing love. A love that will never, ever disappoint or disappear.
Abraham put his hope in God.
Against all hope.
May we do the same.