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Hope and Faith
by Brian Leshley
03/30/10
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Psalm 30:3--‘O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.’

Psalm 33:22--‘Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.’

These two Psalm passages are profound in many ways. In life, when we feel like giving up hope are the moments when we feel the furthest from God. At these times we have felt closest to the grave, our soul is the bleakest and everything seems to be going wrong. We tend to attempt to control our actions and the surrounding environment. We make a mistake when this happens, the mistake to forget that we have a Savior. Jesus is a best friend, always with us and we are not alone. He has raised our soul from the proverbial grave of our day.

We find that when we seek the Lord hope is at its highest. We do not worry about the outcome, even in times when things look dark and everything is a mess. The Lord keeps us alive and we never give up hope. God has his hands on us and He has a plan for us. He has promised that we would get through this somehow. We put all faith in Him and pray.

The Lord gives mercy and grace when we do not give up hope. And according to our level of surrender and our willingness to accept the cup He has given we will be in good shape. Drink deeply (pray) and we will never be thirsty, the living water will sustain our lives today and eternally. God has a plan and He knew us before we were born.

God is Love and He will always be. Even in a pit, should we have hope, He will bring us out. God never said this life would be without trials. Keep in mind that in order to create a diamond the amount of pressure is immense and precise. Any more or less would be disastrous to the end result; we would not have a diamond. God will create the level of pressure to create a perfect life in Him.

The darkest hour is just before the dawn. Hope is the songbird. God created the song birds to chirp before the dawn to remind us we must hope. A song bird is the very evidence of true trust in the Lord; it sings before the dawn because it has faith. We sing in our darkest hour and the dawn will come because of our never ending faith. The sunrise will not be held back because we worry that it won’t come. In the darkest hour we are the weakest, because we have waited so long and prayed so hard, but God has His own time frame for us and He will not be hurried. What happens when we take a cake out of the oven early, because we are impatient? Yes, it becomes gooey and goes flat. As the master baker, God has the experience we should trust to ensure that the final product is at the right time and temperature.

Patience and faith are needed to feel the mercy of the Lord. Hope is the main ingredient, especially when we feel the most heat, just before the end. When it seems we can no longer bear it, this is when God’s great mercy comes, if we hope, trust and have faith—always at the right time. Through patient and persistent prayer we can endure much more than we ever thought was possible.

God is with us and that is enough to survive the pressure in all things. Never give up hope.

Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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