This weeks Pearl may sound familiar to most. It is the word that I had shared Sunday morning. It is a word that continues to “burn” in my heart. It is a word that never expires. That word is “HOPE”.
As I looked at this word hope I was reminded of this verse in Proverbs:
Prov 13:12 ”Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Looking at this backwards for a lack of words. If this past year you received answers to your prayers, healings, hopes, dreams, how did that feel? Here we are told a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. What a blessing to see the answers come. How thankful one can be for Gods timing and faithfulness. I hope you offered a sacrifice of thanksgiving back to God for what He has done.
“I believe the greatest enemy to one’s hope is “time”, delayed answers.”
“Hope differed does not mean hope denied” (unknown)
We must not, we can not forget those who are still waiting for answers to their prayers, hopes, dreams, and promises. If you are in his place of waiting, I want to encourage you today. It maybe the end of the year but it is not an end to your prayers, hopes, dreams, and promises. There was not a one-year limit for you to receive your answer. Those prayers, hopes, dreams and promises have not run out, expired, no longer valid and you must start all over again. Don’t throw out your hope but hang onto hope even today, waiting for your answers to come. Know that Gods timing does not match our timing. Knowing God is faithful, Gods timing comes at just the right time needs to bring a “rest” to our anxiety and doubts.
“God never hurries, there are no deadlines against which he must work, to only know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves” (A.W. Tozer)
“Do not throw away all hope, tomorrow hasn’t come yet” (Tolkein)
“Ones brightest possibilities are just one step past your darkest fears” (unknown)
“Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” (Spurgeon)
I sense there is a message and mission for the church as we wait for Jesus to return. We need to encourage those who are “waiting for answers to their prayers, healings, hopes and dreams. If God has given you a voice, then you can be a voice of hope and encouragement to others. We need Jesus words to speak to others. Your words may very well be the “sweetest balm” that a tender, wounded, struggling heart needs to hear. This quote by Spurgeon needs no explanation:
“One of the sweetest balms to sorrow is the sympathy of Christ flowing through the hearts of his own redeemed ones.” (Spurgeon)
There is so much to hope my friends. I leave you with these scriptures to meditate on:
Psa 9:18 “But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”
Psa 25:5 “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Psa 31:4 “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”
Psa 33:20 “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.”
Psa 39:7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”
Psa 62:5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
Psa 65:5 “You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.”
Psa 71:14 “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”
Isa 40:31 “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Jer 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Lam 3:25 “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”
Mic 7:7 “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
Rom 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Rom 15:13 “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.”
Rom 15:4 “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”
1 Pet 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Our hope is a living hope, a hope for today, a hope for tomorrow and a hope for eternity. Jesus our “well”, our source of hope never runs dry!