My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ Name. When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand! —Edward Mote (1797-1874)
I’m back! My absence from weekly blogging was due to a crazy last couple weeks. There are a lot of thoughts running through my head as I sit here this morning and ponder what to say. These last couple weeks have been disappointing, discouraging at times, and not expected. But God in His sovereignty was in control! When the situations seemed to much to bare, God was there! And when the diagnosis seemed hopeless, God was still in control!
This all began with a phone call from my brother late on a Thursday night several weeks ago. He called asking me to pray because my father had been hospitalized and wasn’t expected to make it through the night. Though my father made it through the night, we had several weeks of disappointments from the doctors concerning his condition. But through all the disappointments, there is still hope, God is in control! We as Christians can have hope regardless of what the doctors say, regardless of what society or those around us say, because our hope rests in God and not in the ability of others! As Christians our hope is an guaranteed hope not subject to change, but rather anchored in our unchangeable Savior and Lord. Unlike the hope of this world, this hope is secure!
A hope secure in God’s unchanging values, (Psalm 119:160, 165) “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.… Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
A hope secure in God’s unchanging justice, (Deuteronomy 32:4) “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
A hope secure in God’s unchanging promises, (2 Timothy 2:13) “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
A hope secure in God’s unchanging integrity and righteousness, (Psalm 36:5–6) “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast.”
A hope secure in God’s unchanging wisdom and understanding, (Jeremiah 51:15) “He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.”
A hope secure in God’s unchanging purpose for your life, (Psalm 57:2,10) “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.… For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
A hope secure in God’s unchanging abilities, (2 Corinthians 9:8) “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
A hope secure in God’s unchanging financial provision, (1 Timothy 6:17) “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
A hope secure in God’s plans for your future, (1 Corinthians 15:42,44) “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable … it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
If there is one thing I have learned from these last few weeks, it would be, that nothing is secure outside of God! God knows our needs, my fathers condition is in His hands! We can rest assured in a world that is in a sense of hopelessness, where it’s knowledge is limited, and there is knows no certainty! Friends regardless of what your going through don’t be discouraged, there is hope and as Christians our commitment should be this: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)