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Holds all Hope

I sit there on the floor and look at the broken pieces. It’s a little knick-knack that says hope. Only now when you look at it the pieces say h…op…e. As we go through life, we get curve balls thrown at us that make us feel just like this. Our hope is broken in pieces and we can’t seem to see any light at the end of the tunnel. As I took the time to glue the pieces back together to read “hope” again, I came to this realization. It is just like Jesus to be the glue, that puts the pieces back together and bring hope. He truly is the hope of the world, the light of the world. Even when we are in moments where we feel like the world around us is falling apart, or even our own world is falling apart, He is our hope and our reason for living.

An example that comes to my mind is Joseph. Joseph was favored by his father, and his siblings were jealous of him for this reason. His brothers sold him into slavery and had his father believed he was dead. He was then given the position of overseer in the Pharaoh’s house when the Pharaoh saw the Lord’s favor was upon him. Then shortly after, Joseph was falsely accused by the Pharaoh’s wife and put into prison. Joseph knew by the dreams he had had that God had great purpose for him. Yet here he was, with his life and hope seemingly in pieces.

How many of us can relate to this? Maybe we are going through some kind of distress in a relationship or in finance or in our work or even in our health. Maybe we look on at the world around us and it seems like everything seems to be going right for everyone else, but everything seems to be against you. We have an enemy that will try everything he can to wear out the saints and to make us give up fighting this good fight of faith. Let me share this scripture with you that I believe the Lord brought to my attention. It encouraged me, and I pray it will do the same for you.

Psalm 37: 3-7 NKJV, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”

If we go back to Genesis 41, we can see this scripture come to fruition in Joseph’s life. Trust, feeding on His faithfulness, committing his ways to the LORD…and this is what happened.

Joseph was placed in a position of great authority. He was second to the Pharaoh in Egypt. Genesis 41:40 NKJV, “You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” In the midst of Joseph’s position and responsibility, he was reconnected with his family. He could have chosen to react harshly towards his brothers and harbor hatred and bitterness. Instead, he responded with forgiveness and love. Genesis 50:20-21 NKJV, “But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”

What we learn here, is that no matter our struggle…relational, medical, financial, or within our work, if we submit to God, if we commit to Him our cause and trust Him, He works all things together for our good. Just as the enemy tried to get Job to curse God, Job never did. He remained faithful to God in the midst of all his struggles. The Lord blessed him abundantly! Imagine how God wants to bless us because He loves us and because of our steadfast faith in Him. God considered Job a righteous man…wouldn’t you think God would consider us a righteous man/woman? Didn’t Jesus die so that we could become the righteousness of God? Philippians 3:8-9 NKJ, says, “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.”

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