On Hope

54112_1635884627125_1537003597_1552256_6013438_oProverbs 13:12 “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.” Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” When our Father, God, created man, he created him to be His own companion, to walk and talk with Him. He gave man dominion over every living thing. He made us to enjoy life, the earth, the inhabitants of the earth and to be happy, joyous, living life to the fullest. It is the fault of man that the air of this earth became Satan’s property to do with as he would. Now we cope with disease, pollution of land and sea, danger on every hand and, most of all, unhappiness. In speaking to a person last night, hearing all the problems of a spouse that was hung up on alcohol, pornography and unfaithfulness to their vows, I felt heart-sick, I prayed. There are so many around from which I hear the outpouring of cries for help, it makes me sad. As the Proverb says, when we are constantly disappointed and upset, we open the gates that protect our health so that along with being unhappy, we become sick. Is anyone, anything, any material thing worth giving up your hope, your health, your life for? I say NO!   1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Don’t worry about tomorrow, just live for today, start following Jesus, each step of the way. Jeremiah 29:11 “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” At the risk of being redundant, I will say that this is the time we reflect on Christmas past, and wonder what will happen in Christmas future. We feel a full range of emotion from joy to despair, and everything in between even when there are no big problems in our lives, but for those that are suffering from any loss, whether it is from the death of a close loved one, divorce, loss of job, all the things that bring us further down, then it is even worse. Sharing something personal here, today, I am divorced and one week from today, December 18th, would have been my wedding anniversary, my children and grandchildren are all leaving for a weeks stay at Disney in a few days and here I sit writing about despair, why? Because I was feeling a little of that myself this morning! Now what? God takes care of me and I have no complaints, my children are healthy and happy and exactly where they want to be today, I still believe in the Word of God, what else do I need? I have HOPE!   Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to happen, then look up, life up your heads; for your redemption draws near!”  An old chorus, my paternal grandfather would often sing, says, “Jesus breaks every fetter, Jesus breaks every fetter, Jesus breaks every fetter and He sets me free” A “fetter” is a chain, shackle or leg iron used to bind a prisoner. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Lazarus came forth bound in his grave-clothes. Jesus said to friends of Lazarus, who were standing around watching this miracle, “Loose him and let him go free!” Jesus raised him, but He had the friends to take off the final bindings. That is what we do for each other, I pray for you, you pray for me, we pray for each other and those who ask, helping to loose those chains! Don’t give up hope, God loves you and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

2 Replies to “On Hope”

  1. Well spoken: I have two people I am reaching out to today. One a young lady who went through a very bad marriage & divorce. Then after a number of years remarried again. This time after less than a year the new husband moved out a couple months back. He says he loves her but he needs time & space right now. I have been praying with her & for her. We have invited her & her two sons from 1st marriage to spend Christmas Day with us. She doesn’t need to be alone this time of the year. The other is an old classmate & dear friend. He notified me yesterday that his wife of 53 years went to be with the Lord on Thursday. She suffered for over 10 yrs with the big”A”. He chose to turn away from everything & stay by her side through it all. To me he is an example of a man who cherishes what God gave him. He lives in Sisters OR. W talk every day by email & on the phone a lot. I would just call him just to say Hi & let him know we were thinking & praying for him & Kathy. He has grown kids close by so he will not be alone for the holidays. Over the yrs I have received more phone calls for help from hurting people during the holidays than any other time of the year. It is a rough time to go through no matter who you are. The first holidays after my wife died were almost a living hell. I went to spend the time with my folks & it helped some but it was still tough. And to be honest I went through bad times after the death of my parnets when that first holiday came up. You are ready for it but it still takes all the joy out of you for awhile.

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  2. Just a quick note: I think of the words in Proverbs 18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?” Only God can help you truly bear that kind of brokeness & then only if we open up & let Him. So often people who seek me for help tell me how alone they feel. I tell them in Isaiah 49:16 The Lord says,”Behold I have graven thee in the palm of my hands, thy walls are continuity before me”. It is His way of saying I will never forsake thee no matter what comes your way. I intend to pray & fast some meals in the days ahead of this Christmas season. I am asking the Lord to move over people that are hurting & alone & reassure them that He is there beside them & will never leave them. And I am asking He find a friend for each hurting person to share the days with & encourage them & be a good friend to them. God bless you. You are such a blessing to me. I thank God for you everyday. I know I will be in contact before that day but Merry Christmas to you. You may be alone in body but the Lord is there for you & the thoughts & prayers of your many friends will be there also.

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