A Glimmer of Hope

Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Blog, Hope, Inspirational/ Devotional, Trust in God | 3 comments

“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.”

In the Message version, those two verses read: “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be very glad that you are in the thictrusttrust

"I am worn out waiting for Your rescue, but I have put my hope in Your word." Psalm 119:81

“I am worn out waiting for Your rescue, but I have put my hope in Your word.” Psalm 119:81

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).

3 Comments

  1. KIm,

    I dont know what challenges you face, but I do know our mighty God sympathizes, relates, and has compassion for your situation, more than any woman or man could. He is not too busy for your concern, He is able, and He will show up in a powerful way when you need Him most. Dont let the enemy beat you down with his lies that discourage. You are exceptional, you are loved. And you continue to touch lives in so many ways. Never doubt this to be true. Lean into Him with complete trust. Soon the forest will clear and you will be breathing clean air on the mountaintop of grace.

  2. Kim and Gary,
    This season will end…they all do, if for no other reason that they are seasons. God is up to something very good in all of this….it will be seen!! In their darkest hour after being beat down, stepped on, bruised and ridiculed, at the very bottom in the darkness…..they began to softly sing praises to the Lord!! The momentum picked up as the Holy Spirit ministered and somewhere in the middle of praise….in spite of the circumstances…the prison walls couldn’t bear it any longer and shook themselves to pieces…… Leaving them freed!
    Live you both

    • Thank you, Larry. Your words are always an encouragement and inspiration to Gary and me!

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