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Hope – There is Good Coming!
By Sharon Kaselonis
“…hope in the Lord from henceforth and forever.”
– Psalm 131:3 (KJV)
A season of singleness can be spent one of two ways…
The time can be spent with hope-filled eyes lifted upward with a heart ready for any adventure the Lord brings, or it can be hopeless, leaving you looking for only one “adventure,” with the single focus and goal of relationship.
I’ve walked that solitary road of singleness. It was a long road – and I didn’t know how long it would be – so I didn’t know how to pace myself, how to plan, or if I should just figure on walking it the rest of my life. Then I realized, I was focused on the road itself and not the One who created it or the adventure He designed it to be.
I needed a heart filled with hope and maybe you could use some too.
Hope is when our hearts and minds are convinced that God WILL do what He says and even promises. Hope is the absolute expectation of coming good.
Consider this, the Israelites found themselves on a hot and dry journey too. They were wandering around in the desert for 40 years. My guess is that they wanted that season to end pretty quickly! Regardless of God’s timeline, Israel knew they were on their way to God’s Promised Land. That was their absolute expectation of coming good.
But Israel had to walk the road to get there. All along the way, despite the physical conditions, God provided for them. He delivered them from their enemies, put shoes on their feet, brought water from a rock, gave them bread from heaven, and led them with a cloud to shade them and a pillar of fire to keep them warm.
They had hope knowing God was doing good, as they anticipated the ultimate coming good.
God gave us Israel as an example to build hope in us.
“Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition…”
– 1 Corinthians 10:11
“That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:”
– Psalm 78:7
Let’s build our hope by reassuring our hearts and minds of who God is and what He does for us. Let’s take a look at how He provided for Israel, and then consider how it applies to us.
His people cried out for deliverance and He delivered them (Exodus 3:9).
“God has delivered us from the law of sin and death.”
– Romans 8:2
“God delivers us from temptation.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:13
There was an insurmountable sea … God parted it (Exodus 14:21). When you have faith in him, he will move mountains.
“That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart…he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
– Mark 11:23
Israel needed shade in the desert, God led them via a cloud (Exodus 13:21).
“His yoke is easy and His burden light.”
– Matthew 11:30
The desert gets dark and cold at night. God reassured Israel by leading them with a pillar of fire that gave light and warmth. (Exodus 13:22).
“He promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.”
– Hebrews 13:5
The sand was hot and their feet needed shoes (Deuteronomy 8:4).
“He promises to take care of us with food and clothes”
– Matthew 6:28
“He has offered us shoes that walk in peace. Our feet are shod with the gospel of peace and God’s grace never wears out!”
– Ephesians 6:15
Defender and Protector
Israel faced walled cities and giants, but God fought their battles for them (Exodus 14:14, Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:13, 14).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
– Philippians 4:13
“His strength is made perfect in our weakness.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
– Romans 8:31
So dear sister, “hope in the Lord henceforth and forever!”
Any “road” the Lord has placed in front of you, you can be certain that He is journeying right beside you. He knows where the road ends, He knows each and every turn it takes, and He knows where the best views are and doesn’t want you to miss a single one. He is a master planner, He can make crooked paths straight (Isaiah 45:2), and streams in the desert (Isaiah 43:19).
There is good coming!