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Always hope

Posted by Brandon Patton on Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

"Take heart men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me."

Acts 27:25

It has been said, and I believe it is true, that hope is the one thing that the human heart can not live without. People can overcome any obstacle, endure any setback and weather any storm as long as they can hold on to hope. Biblical hope is believing that I will experience the hand and goodness of God on my behalf. As king David said "I would have lost hope if I had not believed that I would see the goodness of God". I am convinced that the enemy of our soul constantly attacks our hope in the goodness and promise of God toward us. Often our circumstances scream hopelessness. Our eyes and intellects tell us that the outcome is in doubt. In this passage in Acts the scripture records that after a great storm "had beat on us for no few days (ever been there?) all hope was given up". The situation looked impossible. Much like today when futures are in jeopardy. Dreams are being dashed. Homes are dissolving. Finances are drying up. We are beginning to see, according to pollsters, a growing despair among  millennials concerning the future. However, in the midst of this darkness a man stood up and spoke revealing the truth that shattered the hopelessness when he said "take heart men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me". Here we find our anchor of hope for every issue of life. Our God is a God of hope according to Romans 15:13 who has given us a Book of Hope filled with the promises of His goodness to us when we choose to believe Him. In the darkness Paul chose to believe God's word concerning his situation. His faith was rewarded and the God of heaven worked a miracle on his behalf. We always have a choice. We can believe what we see, feel or think logically or we can chose to believe God's promise in His Word. Believing His Word is the source of all hope. Spend time meditating on His Word concerning you situation and allow the Holy Spirit to cause hope to rise in your heart. Then as Paul did, speak hope to others that need a "good word in due season".

I praise you that no mountain is too high for you, no obstacle is too great for you to overcome, no person is too far gone for you to redeem and no situation is too hopeless for you to heal. I believe that I will see the goodness of God in the land of the living!

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