Deuteronomy 22; Psalm 110-111; Isaiah 49; Revelation 19

“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” (Isaiah 49:23, NIV)

Hope is a hard word for me. To guard against disappointment and pain, I avoid uncertainties like trust and hope. The phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up” has been a life motto for me, because, if my hopes aren’t up, then how can I be let down?

Lately, though, God has been teaching me to believe Him…to take Him at His word, and even to ask Him for things in confident expectancy. For several months, seemingly every scripture I’ve studied, every book I’ve read, every encouragement I’ve received from friends, have all pointed to the fact that God is trustworthy, and that my faith pleases Him. (Hebrews 11:6) God doesn’t just want me to believe in Him for salvation. He wants me to believe Him, period. Rely on Him. Hope in Him.

He wants me to get my hopes up.

This verse from Isaiah reminds me of Paul’s encouragement to the believers in Rome: “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:5) In other words, in Christ, where is the disappointment? There is no risk of being let down. Because of His unfailing love, I can get my hopes up.

amystorms

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2 responses to “Deuteronomy 22; Psalm 110-111; Isaiah 49; Revelation 19

  1. The girls and I were memorizing Romans 5:3-4 this week, on patience through suffering.

    I had my hopes tied up in an issue I felt was God-sent, yet when circumstances seemed to dead-end, I began to wonder if it was really from God at all. My hopes crashed in a pool of tears. After some time of thinking about it, I realized I wasn’t giving God any room to carry me through whatever trials he had for me–it was a good reality check for my faith. Through “suffering” (though this was not what I’d consider suffering, just a disappointment), comes perseverance, which develops character … and hope.

    Interesting to me that through disappointment and suffering as well, hope grows.

  2. Amy,

    Thanks for sharing! Your so right! God never gives up on us, even though at times, I admit I am the one who let’s my mind rule, instead of turning it over to God! He knows better all the time! Thanks again!

    Ramona

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