I can get in a quiet place and close my eyes and I can almost hear the voices of my parents singing a song, written by Jim Reeves, named “Whispering Hope”. As a child I didn’t know how much comfort that hope whispered into my heart by God’s Spirit could be, I do now.
One of the verses of that song says, “Soft as the voice of an angel, breathing a lesson unheard, Hope with a gentle persuasion, whispers her comforting word, Wait till the darkness is over, wait till the tempest is done, Hope for the sunshine tomorrow, after the darkness is gone.”
Proverbs 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 and wanted us to enjoy life, the earth, and 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 and now we cope with disease, pollution of land and sea, danger on every hand and, most of all, unhappiness. In speaking to a lady last night and listening as she told me about all the problems of a spouse that was hung up on alcohol, pornography and unfaithfulness to their vows, it made me feel heartsick, I prayed.
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 or any material thing worth giving up your hope, your health, or your life for? I say NO!
1Corinthians 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.”
Half of this year, 2015, is gone and I wonder if you are doing all the things you planned to get done this year? Me? No comment! For those that are suffering from any loss, whether it is from the death of a close loved one, divorce, loss of job, and all the things that bring us further down, it is even worse. Having said that, 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 as we pray for those who ask, helping to loose those bands of sadness or despair and those chains of depression or addiction that have you bound!
Grab hope and hang on, God loves you!