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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Hope"

Spiritual Gift
"For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant." Job 14:7-9

 

 

The first time the word hope is used in the Bible is in the book of Ruth.  Naomi is feeling hopeless; she is widowed, destitute, and bitter, and she has no hope that things are going to change.  She felt hopeless because it was her belief that God was against her.  Now, that's how hope is introduced in Scripture.  The last time hope is used is in 1 John 3:3.  John tells us, "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."  The Bible progression then is from hopeless to full of hope or hopeful.

What I want you to see is that Naomi had been left hopeless because her family had gone away from God, and now she was dealing with the consequences.  Sin always promises us fulfillment, but always leaves us empty.  Naomi was left feeling alone in the world, and no doubt the devil whispering in her ear, "Curse God and die."  There is no more terrifying place to be in life than in a state of hopelessness.  Poor Naomi was blinded by her fear and bitterness, and that because of her sin.  What she could not see was that Boaz had prepared to rescue her.  And rescue her He did!  Ruth and Naomi were redeemed by that great man, and hopelessness became hopefulness!

There is certainly a famine in our land today, and as a result of our present state, many are feeling hopeless.  We can only see the rise of sin in our land.  The homosexual message is being preached loud and long.  The pro-choice message is in the mainstream; a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body.  What about the 500,000 unborn women?  Do they have a choice what to do with their bodies?  The teen pregnancy numbers are skyrocketing, and the teen mom is glamorized.  Drugs, alcohol and pornography are the vices destroying the bodies of millions in our society.  Our nation has sided with socialism and all its immorality.  Many of God's people now, like Naomi of old, are waking up in a strange land with the realization that we have gone too far from God.  Maybe you too have that sinking feeling of hopelessness.  Well, hopelessness can be turned into hopefulness!

We too have a Boaz.  Our Redeemer liveth!  He loves us no matter how far we've gone.  However, we cannot know His hope until we return to seek His face.  "That they should seek The Lord, if haply they might feel after him, though he be not far from every one of us" Acts 17:27.  To really know His hope, we must know Him.  To really know Him, we must be pure and clean.  To be pure and clean is going to take thorough repentance. Repentance will lead to forgiveness, and that leads us to righteousness and there we find revival!   

Are you feeling hopeless? Well, turn from the wicked ways of this life, and humble yourself, pray and seek His face, then you will find Him and in Him is hope!  This is real hope and change.  You change and He will give you hope!

 



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Previous devotions

"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012