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May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
For some weeks I have been trying to spark a fire of hope in us, to say that no matter what is happening in our lives all is not lost. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” We must keep the fire of Hope burning in our lives. Without hope doubt, despair, anxiety, disfunction, and many other maladies express themselves in our actions. Fyodor Dostoyevsky said, “To live without hope is to cease to live.” We should always remember that our lives are not our own, but we have been bought by the blood of Jesus; and therefore we “must work the work of Him that sent” us while it is day.
God has provided all that we need to be and do what is right and righteousness; live in hope. “It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” Lamentations 3:22-24. Since we have be snatched from the doom of hell through the heinous act of the crucifixion of Jesus, we should joyously give our lives in service to Jesus. As Mother Teresa said, “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Know also that life will bring each of us to some dark corners and deep valleys. At these times we need hope; Paul said in Romans 8:24, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for it?” This is just a reminder that just because you can’t see your way through, Jesus is your “way.”
Hear and head this word of Paul’s in Hebrews 6:9-11, “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.”