Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Dream Haters (Part 22)
The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul,
'Therefore I have hope in Him.'
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NASB)
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Romans 8:24-25 (NASB)
Dream Haters aren't just people. They're circumstances: hard circumstances that set the stage for heroes, like Job, David, Jeremiah and Paul. These men spoke frequently about hope, because hope was essential to their delivery.
They looked for hope, like drowning men in a flood. They hung onto hope, like rowboats in a stormy sea: 'This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast' (Hebrews 6:19).
In anguish, Job despaired: 'What strength do I have, that I should hope?' (Job 6:11).
In desperation, David clung: 'My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your Word' (Psalm 119:81).
In Jeremiah, God promised: ' 'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,' says the Lord, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope' ' (Jeremiah 29:11).
In Jesus, Paul rejoiced: 'For in hope we have been saved' (Romans 8:24). This 'Hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: trials are your trailers: snapshots of your real-life dramas to which viewers are drawn; tough circumstances that seek to defeat your destiny; grave diggers that seek to bury your talent. In faith, fall to your knees. In hope, pull yourself up.
Cling to hope. Hopeful words and deeds elevate you. Once done, hope will cling back in an unbreakable embrace. Like God did for Jesus. Like Jesus did for us.
When He hung on a Cross, He proved once and for all... no hang-up is hopeless.
So don't let Satan fool you. If 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for' (Hebrews 11:1), then keep hoping. Because without hope, faith falls flat. And without faith, we're stuck in the muck. Because hang-ups will crumble like the Cross of our King. But hope endures.
Look where it got Jesus. Look where it got us. Look where it will get you: up.
To Be Continued...
* Overview of the Prophet Jeremiah: http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/jeremiah-answering-the-call.html
** Lamentations 3: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Lamentations%203&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.