Romans 15:13 Amplified Bible
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.
The Word of God for the Children of God. In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.
We live upon a globe, where for the most part, too many people have lost hope. We see it in this country, through social media we see the isolative effects of the Covid19 pandemic, we cannot help but notice poverty, homelessness, high rates of violent crime and drugs in our streets. We look to the borders between the United States and Mexico and witness the human tragedy of massive waves of people trying to enter the United States from Mexico and Central and South America. Whole families leaving their homes behind them for America’s Hope.
If we all could go to Mexico, South America, Central America, even Africa, the Middle East, or Asia we would find huge numbers of people who feel they have no hope. Even here, in America, as I have already noted, there is hopelessness among those who are sick, or poor, or homeless. I believe there are some there where you live, who feel the same way. But we must have hope! Life without a hope is nothing but undefinable misery. Hope is the subject for today. And there is a question that we will strive to answer; “Can one have hope without God?”
Here is our Hope that God hears us because He hears Christ, and He loves us the way He loves Christ. In a nutshell, identity in Christ means every child of God can point unto Jesus and before the Father’s throne testify: “I am with Him.”
That is a significant promise of hope for the present and for the future for those who identify themselves as “Children of God,” professing Christ as their Savior.
There are those, however, as we all know, who for one rationale or another have not made not chosen to make their heartfelt profession of Christ as their Savior.
Why? They do not accept Christ as being anything but a myth. They are mad at God and they have “cancelled” out God as having zero influence over their lives. Or as might genuinely be the case, they were never introduced to God or Jesus and now they find themselves where they are in a most acute state of “I want!”
Psalm 13:1-2 New American Standard Bible
Prayer for Help in Trouble.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
13 How long, Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long am I to feel anxious in my soul,
With grief in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
King David had far more than his “fair share” of moments when David’s heart and soul grieved and perceived that God was “not there” in the midst of his life.
We too get into those places and spaces along the long concourse of our lives where our hearts and souls feel severely grieved with no outlook for any hope.
Psalm 42:1-3 New American Standard Bible
Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.
For the music director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.
42 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
It begs the question which ever so desperately needs to be asked in these 21st century technology driven days, “Can one have genuine hope without God?”
This is the over arching question we will seek to answer through a process of discovery, exploration and diligent search and study of God’s Holy Scriptures.
The overarching goal of these writings is through these devotionals, readers may come to have a “transformational experience” with the ever living God. Our hope in God becomes an ever dynamic, ever inspiring ever living moment. That one “God in Christ” moment becomes two, then multiplied exponentially!
Genesis 22:15-18 New American Standard Bible
15 Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand, which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
It is fervently prayed that through God’s wisdom alone, our standing in the long shadow of the empty cross, standing firmly upon the Rock of our Salvation who is Christ Jesus, Reminded by the Holy Spirit of God of His unchangeable truths, that we come to a deeper understanding of what hope means for God’s Children.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Let us now stop what we are doing for the world, to give ourselves over to the Will of God and to pray;
Psalm 91 New American Standard Bible
Security of One Who Trusts in the Lord.
91 One who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
3 For it is He who rescues you from the net of the trapper
And from the deadly plague.
4 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may take refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and wall.
5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the plague that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that devastates at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes
And see the retaliation against the wicked.
9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
The Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will happen to you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
To protect you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will lift you up,
So that you do not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will walk upon the lion and cobra,
You will trample the young lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he has loved Me, I will save him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 I will satisfy him with a long life,
And show him My salvation.”