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Friday, July 10, 2020
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"Overflowing With Hope"
Message summary: As a follower of Christ, claiming His promises, when trials come we can say: "I belong to Christ and have His promises, which means things around me may be freaking out but I'm not."
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"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope" (Lamentations 3:21). "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).
YouTube and other services use ads to provide their "free" content. Many are annoying but usually you have to wait a few seconds before you can watch the video you requested. We are presently bombarded by ads for "The Piano Guy" pitching his online piano teaching course.
But some ads are rather entertaining such as one we've been seeing that advertises a home warranty service. A lady turns on her faucet and water gushes out all over her and her home. Rather than the expected panic she just smiles and everything is OK since she has the warranty service (see 30 second video here).
When the faucet sprays out she says, "I'm a member of American Home Shield, which means this faucet may be freaking out but I'm not."
Sometimes the unexpected and unwelcome problems of life come at you like a gushing, overflowing faucet. We can have the same joy, peace and hope as the woman in the commercial portrays through the promises in the Bible which are altogether trustworthy (based on the many negative reviews cannot be said for the home warranty company!)
As a follower of Christ, claiming His promises, when trials come we can say something similar to the ad: "I belong to Christ and have His promises, which means things around me may be freaking out but I'm not."
We challenge you to remember just three powerful words: "I have hope". These are three of the most assuring words in the entire Bible that you can easily memorize. Hide them deep in your heart so that you, like Jeremiah, can recall them during a time of adversity or despair.
Jeremiah uttered these words while in the very midst of one of the most horrendous scenes in human history at the fall of the kingdom, the burning of Jerusalem and the forced exile into Babylon. Just prior to this verse he sums up his despair with these words, "My soul is downcast within me". He surely was experiencing tremendous adversity, maybe even despair.
The spiritual truths reserved in Jeremiah’s heart were temporarily forgotten as he looked upon the heap of human rubble that surrounded him. But finally he reached down deep into his heart and recalled the immutable character of God’s faithfulness, "Yet this I call to mind therefore I have hope". His immediate circumstances didn’t improve; they actually worsened. But Jeremiah’s focus went from trying to fix impossible circumstances in his limited wisdom and power and redirected it to the unending hope that comes through God’s steadfast care.
In the verses that follow he identifies the immutable character of God as the source of this hope highlighting three specific attributes as expressed in verses 22 & 23: "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."
1) The Lord’s great love.
2) The Lord’s unfailing compassions that are new every morning.
3) The Lord’s great faithfulness.
As our focus is directed to God and a consideration of His immutable character we are filled with joy and peace which enables us to "overflow with hope". Isn’t that a wonderful spiritual state of mind that we want to experience! It’s how I want to live emotionally. The word “overflow” has the sense to “superabound”. Picture a bucket that is filled and the contents are continuously being replenished and constantly overflowing.
“Hope”- this word so often has the sense of mere wishful thinking in the English. But in the Bible it has the sense of “absolute certainty” or “assured confidence”. That’s the kind of hope the “God of hope” offers to the trusting believer. Today may each of you experience this overflowing hope in your life as you trust in the Lord!
In whatever situation we are encountering we all, like Jeremiah, can declare, “I have hope!”
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, I have hope because I’ve anchored my faith in Your Holy Word and the unchanging character of who You are. It is not the circumstances of my day that will determine my eternal future, but it is the hope I have in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of my soul, that overrides the temporal and potentially discouraging matters that lie before me. Thank You for watching over me and responding to all that concerns me this day. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"The God of Hope (Romans 15:13)" Video Hosanna! Music
"Living Hope" Video Calvary Church Choir, Orchestra and congregation. From the last Easter service in church (2019)
"Prisoner of Hope" Video Gaither Vocal Band
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