Hope that is put off makes the heart sick, but a desire that comes into being is a tree of life. Prov. 13:12
If there’s anything that’s been put off lately, it’s hope.
Many are giving up on hope and giving in to the prospect of this “new normal”.
The situation with the Coronavirus seems to be spiraling as each day passes with no plausible end in sight.
Along with this virus spreading, it’s brought us to a place of isolation. Most of us are sheltering up in our homes; separated from friends and the outside world.
Our churches are closed. Many of our ministries appear to be in jeopardy due to the financial situation that is happening.
It feels like our hopes are being shattered each day. But should they be?
What should our hope be based on? Should it be based on the cure to this virus?
Should it be based on seeing the numbers of those affected by this sickness begin to fall?
Or should it depend on our city, state or world leaders doing the right things and taking the best steps?
As important as all these things are, they should not be the foundation of our hope.
Our hope is in the Lord.
In Romans 15:13, we read “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.”
When our hope is solidly built on God and the promises of his Word, we will never be disappointed, because God will always remain faithful to what he says.
And what will be the result of hoping in God?
According to this passage, it will bring a filling of joy and peace.
Do you long to be filled with joy and peace today?
It may be time to turn off the news and tune into God.
Spend time reading his word.
Read what God is saying concerning this time.
There are biblical promises that relate to this and every situation we will ever face.
Discover these promises and stand on them. Make them your backbone, your foundation.
And pray, both alone, and with those you are staying at home with.
Put your hope in God. He will not disappoint you.
What if you prayed to the God of hope?
What if you prayed?