My hope comes from him. 
Psalm 62:5

I often ask myself where is my hope? When we hope that things will change for the better where do we look? What is it that we put our hope in?

For some they hope that things will change over time. Such hope is randomly placed in the ‘cycles of time’. History shows that fortunes swing back and forth over time. But if we hope in ‘time’ that is placing our focus on circumstances that have no real consistency. Furthermore we are hoping in something (time), which decreases for us every day. It is slowly running out.

For some they hope in themselves. They alone know what they want, and need, better than anyone. They will not let themselves down because they have a vested interest in achieving the desired outcome. Hoping in themselves has less pain than being let down by others. Unfortunately human experiences show though, that we do let ourselves down at times. Logic would also confirm that we can only achieve our hope in accordance with the resources we possess within ourselves. We can never be more than we are.

For some they hope in Luck. Our luck will change. It has to change, doesn’t it? The laws of probability highlight that we can look for a change of fortunes at some point. Does this provide certainty? Does this provide genuine hope? Change will happen but will it be as we hoped? Is this hope not completely at the mercy of external circumstances?

The psalmist wrote that his hope was in God. It came from an understanding of both who God is, and what God has done. It is a hope rooted in personal experience and personal understanding. It is a hope of faith, but a faith that has grown through a relationship. It has been tried, tested and proven.

Hope in God is not based upon random cycles. Hope in God is based upon the understanding that God’s resources outweigh our own. We can be more than we are – through our Father in Heaven. Hope in God is not based upon probability but certainty.

If we look to God for the supply of our needs, whether temporal or spiritual blessings, our hope will not be in vain. God does not fails to honour His promises; and when we bring them to His throne, He never sends them back unanswered.

Let us live in hope and may our hope be contagious.

A God who heals

“But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings”. — Malachi 4:2

It makes total sense that the God who created us can also heal us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Bible is full of documented accounts of God’s healing. Our God is indeed a God who heals. This is a belief we need to hold. It is a belief we need to hold in faith. It is in our revering that our healing comes. It is in, and through, our relationship that we are renewed. It is in the depth of our spiritual life we find our spiritual comfort.

But healing is not a right. It is not automatic. The best condition we can be in is not health but life. It is not free from pain it is free from the penalty of sin. This is the healing that makes the difference. This is the healing that transforms our lives.

God’s healing is wholeness. It is something far greater.

Revere his name and be healed. If you need healing for your spirit, body, and life then draw near to him. Go to him. Receive Him. Wait in prayer. Listen in faith. God has promised to rise with healing in his wings.

An Aspect of Faith

A Church Minister was on a long flight home after a Church conference. It was to be an eventful flight. 

The first warning of problems came when the ‘Fasten your seat belts’ signs flashed on. After a while a calm voice said, “We shall not be serving drinks at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please make sure your seat belt is fastened.”

The minister looked around the aircraft and saw that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive.

Later, the voice on the intercom said, “We are so sorry but we are unable to serve meals at this time…. The turbulence is still ahead of us.” And then the storm broke!

The cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines and within moments the plane was being tossed around all over the place. One moment it was lifted on terrific currents of air, the next it fell as if about to crash.

As the Minister looked around he could see passengers were alarmed and very concerned – all except one little girl! She sat calmly, looking at pictures in a book, almost oblivious to the situation. Sometimes she would close her eyes, and then she would go back to her book.

The storm eventually blew over. When the plane landed the Minister approached the little girl and asked her why she was not afraid like the other passengers. The little girl replied, “Cause my Daddy’s the pilot and he’s taking me home.”

Our faith reminds us that God is in control. We may have scary moments in our life but we are reminded to not fear for our God is the pilot.

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