Our Hope Is The Lord

“Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth (this time forth) and for ever.”

Psalm 131:3

I learned a lot from my trip to Israel and it was an amazing place to be. I saw the truths of the Bible up close, and I no longer had to visualize what I read, but I was there and saw it firsthand. I saw historical places spoken of in God’s Word, and I got to be in the area where Jesus and other Bible greats were. I saw the city He prayed over and travelled the sea where He walked on water. I saw and walked the place that was promised to the Israelites, and I saw how God has preserved His people amidst attacks from every angle. He always brought back His people back to Himself, and at times, He used the trials of life to draw them close. He took them to the edge of the Red Sea so that they would realize what a great God He was and also to remind them that their hope was not in the things of this world but in the power of their almighty God.

We live in times that seem hopeless and our world is upside down, and wrong is deemed as right and right is thought of as wrong. Our economy is in a downturn, and the hopes that we had in our nation are no more as it seems you can trust no one and nearly everyone is working an angle that benefits them. There is no promise of a 401k or pension and there is concern that what you work for may not be there when you need it. The dollar may come to mean nothing in the end and the money under our mattress may only equate to worthless pieces of paper one day. If we look at things through the eyes of the world, we will easily become discouraged and take on worry that we ought not to take on. The problem with our thinking is that we have come to believe that we can solve our own problems and our hope is vested in things outside of what it truly should be placed in. We quickly lose our footing when we place our feet on loose ground.

My Israel trip caused me to reflect and see how dependent on God the children of Israel have been and still are. He has blessed them with a beautiful promised land, and He has sustained them even in the evil of the Holocaust as they were wickedly hunted and killed. They are surrounded by their enemies and have a small land, but God protects them and He is their hope even if some choose not to acknowledge or realize it. He brought them over the Jordan River to a land He had promised, and He came in the form of a man to be the Messiah that we all desperately needed. Just as Israel hoped in the Lord, we should take heed to trust and place our hope in Him. We are foolish to think our hope lies in anything less, and our only and true hope has always been Him even though we have foolishly believe in our bank accounts and the great nation we live in. Everything in this world will fail you, but the Lord will never fail you.

Have you grown discouraged with the news of the day? Have you had thoughts of hopelessness? Depression? Anxiety? Have you felt God has left you? Do you grow discouraged after seeing your 401k balance? Let our hope be in the Lord from now to forever. May we not be discouraged as those in the world are, but may our feet be firmly planted on the solid rock that never moves. The world cannot offer something only God can give. May our sleep be sweet as we lie down resting in Him, and may we like Israel hope in the Lord.

Stay in the Fight!

2 Comments

  1. Marta Moreno on 05/25/2023 at 8:10 am

    Our hope is in the Lord and He never disappoints us.
    To God be the glory!

  2. Irene Mendez on 05/25/2023 at 9:18 am

    Praise God for helping me see that we must put all our hope in the God that is able to meet all our needs. Thank you once again for your encouragement.

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