I love this picture. I took it while I was in Kansas and it just screams hope to me. In the midst of some of the coldest weather of the year where everything was freezing, a small plant is thriving and breaking through the ice. How often do we find ourselves in circumstances that seem overwhelming and never ending? When in those situations, where does your hope come from?
Just as the cold weather isn’t something we have the power to change, often our situations are our of our control. However, just as this one plant could spring up, we can find peace, comfort and hope in situations that are anything but peaceful, comfortable or hopeful.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
Placing our hope in God may not instantly change our circumstances, but it will help us gain perspective. Nothing we face is permanent because our lives here on earth are temporary and our eternity with Christ is in heaven.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
The Lord is our provider and we can place our hope in Him. He is good to us and never leaves us. Regardless of what we are dealing with, we can put our hope in the Lord and wait to see what He is going to do in the midst of our crisis. Often, we don’t have to wait long because we experience His peace and comfort. Then our attitude changes and we are able to see where He is already at work in our circumstances.
2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Jesus gave us access to our amazing faith by putting our faith in Him. His grace is sufficient for whatever is going on in our lives. He will empower us and minister to us and give us hope for the future if we seek Him. How do you need to seek the Lord today to have your hope restored? Do you need to spend some time in prayer or perhaps in the Word? Seek Him and you will find Him today!