30-day blogging Challenge: #ichoosehopeKE #landofhope
Psalm 94:18 When doubts filled my heart, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer |MSG
In our lives, there are times when it seems, some things are just not working out. You start something then stall. You get an idea then don’t implement for whatever reason. Run after some other idea then if fails. It floods us with negative energy and high levels of disillusionment. We begin to doubt ourselves in so many areas; studies, career, family, faith, calling and more. Did we hear right from God? Why, when, how questions swiftly found their way into our minds. We basically settle into the status quo and live barely smoothing our way out of one murk to a muddle. SURVIVAL instead of THRIVING.
This past week, sadness has filled my heart to bits and yes in a way it has affected my writing of this 30-day blogging challenge. It was a sadness I cannot point at but I have been feeling so discouraged at what has been happening in my motherland Kenya, painful deaths of innocent souls, including children as young as 6 months; my girls’ age mate. 😦 The reality is that we are living in a broken world. How else can it be that terrible things happen all the time? Wars. Earthquakes. Mudslides. Hurricanes. Murders. Rape. Broken families. Incurable diseases. That is why we must not stop preaching about the promise of heaven and warn of hell. Not to put hope in political systems, in people or even in ourselves. It is not cowardice to accept that the world does not have the cure to my sadness, and neither yours too.
Friend, recognize today that Our God is not a God created by human hands.
We have hope in His promises:
- There will be a new Heaven and a new Earth where He will wipe all tears away
Revelation 21: 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.
- He makes wars to cease
Psalm 46:9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire
- He never changes; this is His trustworthy nature
Hebrews 13: 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
- He never sleeps
Psalm 121: 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.
- He is faithful even when we are confused and lost and hopeless, when we are faithless
2 Timothy 2: 13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
What will make the hope in you and me to rise and be present daily?
- We have to choose hope today!
We have to choose to walk by faith and not by sight… We have a comforter who speaks hope to our broken hearts. We are not denying that we hurt but we are seeing beyond the situation.
- Practice the spiritual discipline of solitude from the DEAFENING NOISE of the world
When the world leaves us high and dry, we have to leave it all behind, as Casting Crowns sings and come to the well. There is only one voice that speaks words of comfort that no other voice can speak. It’s a discipline of abstinence to silence all the other voices and listen to the voice of truth.
- Speak life no matter what the situation may be
We are lifting our praises in the storm. Because God is on the throne. He has been, He is and will be EMMANUEL, God with us. Today. In the here and now!
I am encouraged and hope you are encouraged already!
Let us join with Israel Houghton to say “Yes you make all things new, and I will follow you FORWARD”.