Our Hope is in Him
Read: “My soul is quiet and waits for God alone. My hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and the One who saves me. He is my strong place.” Psalm 62:5-6 (NLV)
Reflect: About a month ago, my teenage daughter decided she no longer wanted to “believe what we believe” and basically told us she doesn’t believe there is a God. As a Christian parent, this devastated me. I felt like a failure and questioned my very existence. I also received news this past week that my sister-in-law is going to be entering hospice. She is in her 40’s. To top it all off, every aspect of my job has been a struggle lately, leaving me feeling inadequate in my line of work. It’s been extremely difficult to remain positive when everything around me seems to be unraveling. When trouble comes my way, my first instinct is to retreat, to withdraw from all the people that love me the most, to hide.
Although this is a very normal reaction when we experience pain, it is not what God desires for us. The sermon encouraged us to “stay put”, to cling to whatever good you have in your life and don’t let go. The pastor told us to give thanks during the storm. It’s so easy to lose sight of all the blessings and good in our life when it feels like the darkness is closing in all around us. However, our hope is in Jesus, and in him alone. I cannot control the circumstances that surround me right now, but I can choose to focus my eyes on Jesus. I can choose to give thanks for the good. I can just stay put.
React: Have you been withdrawing from those around you as you wait out your storm? Stay put. Share with a trusted friend and be encouraged.
Pray: Father God, help me to see the blessings and the good in the midst of my storm.