Waiting in hope!
June 05, 2020: SOAP #3837: Proverbs 30,31; Psalm 33; Ephesians 1
Scripture: Psalm (NIV) 33:16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
Observation: Better than in the size of a large army, better than in the great strength of a warrior, better than in the great strength of a horse, it is better to put hope in the Lord. Not only is He strong, His love is unfailing!
Because His love is unfailing, we can afford to wait for Him in hope. We do not wait in dread, or in fear, or in desperation, or in worry, or in anxiety, or in frustration, NO, WE WAIT IN HOPE!
Application: Waiting in hope is a sign that I know Him and I know His Word; it is a sign of my trust. I consider Him to be trustworthy. Waiting in hope is a sign of my faith. While going through the trial, I talk about God with confidence. People around me hear me talking about loving God and being loved by God.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, when I start to speak doubt, check my words. I know I can trust you to interrupt my thoughts when I start to say that I have no hope. In God, I always have hope! Amen,
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