Learning To Have Hope
“The Righteous person experiences many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue every time.” Psalm 34:19
When we speak of having hope, most people have a very wrong understanding of it. For many, the absence of problems is what makes for what they would call “hopeful conditions.” When faced with many problems, they may term those as hopeless conditions. When people find themselves in hopeless conditions, the questions usually comes up which asks, “What did I do wrong?” or “Why is God doing this to me; have I offended Him?” or “I must have committed some sin that He needs to tell me about so this hopelessness can end.” I think you get the picture… Get ready….
The FACT is that THE EXACT OPPOSITE IS TRUE! You haven’t done anything wrong; there is no secret sin; there is no Divine offense you have committed. What “brings about our problems is”…. WE ARE RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE STRIVING TO LIVE HOLY LIVES!! The world, the flesh and the devil are no problem to sinners. The devil doesn’t harass them; he’s already got them. He only goes after the RIGHTEOUS, the Sons and Daughters of God through Christ! The enemy attacks the “household of faith.” In fact, the presence of troubles should be an indication that WE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!
The presence of TROUBLES accompanies RIGHTEOUS LIFESTYLE. A righteous lifestyle is PLEASING TO THE LORD. When our lives are lived to please the Lord, the DEVIL ATTACKS US! When he attacks us with troubles, WE HAVE AN ASSURANCE FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT THE LORD WILL DELIVER US, AND COME TO THE RESCUE EVERY SINGLE TIME! THAT’S HOPEFUL! You see, the assurance we have of deliverance, breakthrough and provision SHOULD BUILD HOPE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS! Remember the last time you had troubles? Did you pray? Did the Lord deliver? Has this cycle been repeated “many” times? If so, OUR HEARTS SHOULD BE FULL OF HOPE; NEVER THINK HOPELESS THOUGHTS OR ENTERTAIN HOPELESS FEELINGS.
No matter how many troubles we have, WE KNOW that the LORD WILL COME TO OUR RESCUE EVERY SINGLE TIME WHEN WE PUT OUR TRUST IN HIM! Therefore, troubles are reminders that we’re righteous. They are opportunities for God to show up! What better foundation for HOPE can there be?
May the Lord bless you continually from His Throne!