In Others’ Words: The God of Hope
My understanding of God has changed through the years, but one thing hasn’t changed: I know that God is a God of hope.
Do I get discouraged at times? Yes. Do I struggle against God’s plan — sometimes when it’s clear and sometimes when it’s not? Yes. Do I sometimes call myself “Oh-me-of-little-faith”? Yes.
But all that stuff about me doesn’t change that one bedrock thing I know about God: He is all about hope. I don’t determine who God is. My emotions and my circumstances don’t change God — and I certainly don’t get to define him, either.
So have a found myself in some desperate situations? Yes. Do I know other people in some desperate situations? Yes, yes, yes. Some of them are reading this blog right now. But I also believe that God doesn’t abandon me in any desperate situation. I believe that he brings hope to each and every struggle I face … that he brings himself to each and every struggle I face.
- The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18 NASB)
- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV)
In Your Words: How has God been your hope in a tough situation? How can I pray for you today — you can share here or email me at [email protected]
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