Daily Devotion – Hope – Hold On Pain Ends

Great Pain, Greater Hope in God

Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Job 13:15 NIV

Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Job 13:15 NIV

Wake Up With Hope

Today, you’ll wake up with an initial thought that sparks a little hope, rub the sleep from your eyes with the hope that you got enough rest, shower with the hope that there’s enough hot water, dress with the hope that your fashion sense isn’t too outdated and walk into the day with the hope to fully experience the blessings and the hope to hear the messages in the messes.

Without hope, some won’t get that chance.

I received sad news today that a vibrant, 24-year-old, beautiful & ambitious young lady’s life ended tragically. This world and all she was facing had become too much to bear. She lost all hope.

It’s said we can live up to 40 days without food, survive as long as 10 days without water, even endure about 4 minutes without oxygen. But we can’t live even 4 seconds without HOPE.

Job’s Faith and Hope

It is beyond astounding, maybe even counter-cultural that in the midst of his worst pain and struggles, Job boldly declares his faith in God’s goodness.

Our comprehension or ability to fully wrap our heads around the underlying meaning of tragedy may never come, but is it necessary?  Maybe not, with the choice to focus on some key truths found in scripture.

Afflictions of this world are momentary; they are light in comparison to eternity; every bit of pain and misery in the path of obedience is producing a peculiar glory.  Do not lose heart knowing that pain and suffering experienced here, leads to an eternal weight of glory.

Seek the place in your soul that allows for the endurance of the most difficult seasons life will bring. Yet through the grace of Jesus Christ and the power of his sacrifice, you’ll trust and hope in God through faith, where your heart is convinced that He is right, He is just, and He is good.

Prayer

Heavenly Father we come to you with thankful hearts and grateful spirits. Lord, I pray that you fill me with the desire to love you through the pain of this world. Give me new eyes to never lose sight of your hope. Jesus, draw me closer to you and help me to remember that it was after being whipped and beaten, bloody and bruised, bearing all of my sins and nailed on the cross, that it was in that moment that you loved me most. Amen.”

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