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"The Path of the Personal "
When considering hope, the matter must become personal.
"Thou art my hope, o Lord God" (Psalm 71:5).
Knowing the great truths of Scripture regarding God's faithfulness and ability leads us to the doorstep of having peace and confidence. Crossing the threshold into hope requires that we personally relate to Him in faith and submission to His glory and will.
"I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3).
In a world such as the one in which we live, hope does not simply happen. Confidence requires communication with the God who is our only certain hope. We must affirm the truth that "the Lord Jesus Christ… is our hope" (I Timothy 1:1). We then take the next step of making fact more than simple acknowledgement. "You are my hope" we confess, consciously entering into the reality of who He is. We then declare the "I will" of faith, responding to the Holy Spirit who ever moves within us to enable the resolution that on a sea of turmoil, our hearts will abide in the Christ whose promise echoes both now and forevermore: "My peace I give unto you" (John 14:27).
The Apostle Paul pointedly speaks to this assurance of a peace that can and must be known by all who seek to honor and bear witness to God's faithfulness:
"Be careful for nothing. But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
Note the path of the personal that leads to our Lord and His peace. "By prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving." Only by relating to the Prince of peace can we know His presence of peace. Our faith in the Lord Jesus involves our looking to God by faith, seeking His heart and expressing our hearts. In Christ, He gave to us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of Himself. Through Christ He beckons us to avail ourselves of such grace. Yes, peace requires the personal, that is, the Person of God and our personal communion with Him by faith whereby hope becomes more than hoped for…
"For in Thee, O LORD, do I hope: Thou wilt hear, O Lord my God."
"He shall hear my voice."
Weekly Memory Verse
For in Thee, O LORD, do I hope: Thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
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