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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

February 13

Hope – Psalm 38

Where is your hope?

The word “hope” has two different uses. Sometimes it is used as a verb to mean that you really wish or desire for a certain thing to happen. This is something you can do. The other usage of the word is as a noun, and it indicates a strong confidence in God and His eternal plans. This relates to something you do not have the ability to do.

You may have been by one of your dearest loved ones in a hospital emergency room and heard a doctor say, “I am so sorry! We did all we could, but we were never able to find a pulse. I am sorry, but your loved one is dead.”

This is one of the most hopeless situations you will ever face. When this happens, if you are trusting in the Lord, you can cry out to Him with great confidence, “For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God” (v. 15). You can have confidence that God knows what is best.

You may have gone to the doctor with a loved one and said, “Doctor, I hope you can help.” But when a doctor says the above dreaded words, it is too late to hope they will recover. Death of a loved one forces you to face the reality of eternal truths. Grief gives you an opportunity to examine your heart and determine where your hope really is. Is your hope in the Lord?

There are other apparently “hopeless” situations that you may face in your life. You may be facing one at this very moment. The most important decision you must make is, “Where is your hope?” Your hope must be in someone who is eternal, someone who is all powerful, and someone who really cares for you!

If you face a major disaster in life, make sure your hope is in the Lord, and cry out to Him. “Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation” (vv. 21, 22).