I implore you to not give in to despair. It is a dangerous temptation, because our Adversary has refined it to the point that it is quite subtle. Hopelessness constricts and withers the heart, rendering it unable to sense God’s blessings and grace. It also causes you to exaggerate the adversities of life and makes your burdens seem too heavy for you to bear. Yet God’s plans for you, and His ways of bringing about His plans are infinitely wise.
Streams, June 1
Romans 5 says, “We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.” (NCV)
The past nine months have been riddled with trials. Trials common to life but trials just the same. I have not been patient. I have not developed character. I have bucked against and resisted every single one. And I have lost hope.
But today I choose hope. I choose to yield and listen and trust. Trials will continue to come and the flaming arrows of the Enemy will continue to fly. But I will hope in the salvation of the Lord. I will hope in His steadfast love. I will hope in the victory that has been promised.
Because this hope will never disappoint. My children will disappoint. My husband will disappoint. Life will disappoint. I will disappoint. But this hope will never disappoint because it is founded on the Rock, a firm foundation, One that will never move or change or let me down. He is unshakeable, unfailing, an anchor for the soul.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
~ Hebrews 6:19
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