A Glimmer of Hope
“God, I’m tired. I’m weary of the fight. I need something–some encouragement, glimmer of hope, confirmation–anything to let me know that You’ve got this.”
These are the words I wrote in my journal this morning when I sat down to study and pray. Bottom line–I’m discouraged. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last couple of years though, it’s this…God has a plan for my life and I’m not in control of it!
As I finished writing my prayer, I opened my Bible. I’m reading a one-year Bible, and the reading consists of an Old Testament passage, a New Testament passage, and a section of a psalm and a proverb. The Old Testament passage today is the story of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. You know the story. These young Jewish men refuse to bow to the statue of King Nebuchadnezzar, and so they will be thrown into a furnace because of their disobedience to the king. They say, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us” (Daniel 3:17). And He does! When they are brought out of the blazing furnace (after the king saw them and a fourth man who “looks like a son of god” unharmed in the middle of the inferno), Nebuchadnezzar says, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego! He sent His angel to rescue His servants who trusted in Him…There is no other god like this!” (Daniel 3:28,29b). I love how The Message Bible paraphrases this verse: “There has never been a god who can pull of a rescue like this.”
The New Testament reading was from I Peter 4. It started at verse 7 which reads, “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad–for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world.” And then verse 19: “So if you’re suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.”
k of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner…So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust Him. He knows what He’s doing, and He’ll keep on doing it.” (emphasis mine).
So, I guess I can file this under the heading of “Ask and you’ll receive!” I had just prayed for some encouragement, glimmer of hope, confirmation…and I certainly received it. Last year, I very clearly heard the voice of the Spirit speak these words to my heart, “Do you trust Me?” and I said, “Yes.” I think today is one of those days when I needed to be reminded that He is trustworthy. I may not always feel like He’s in control, but His word tells me that He is, so I will trust Him. I will pray honestly the prayer of the psalmist (that was also one of today’s Bible readings!), “I am worn out waiting for Your rescue, but I have put my hope in Your word” (Psalm 119:81).