HOPE REMINDS US OF TRUTH
It’s time for the mid-year review of my #OneWord2022. I can hardly believe six months has gone by already and summer is here. Lisa Burgess, who hosts a link-up each month for our words and also hosts the Facebook group, has three questions for us to consider as we review our words. Hope reminds us of many things as I will share in my review as I answer the questions.
1. WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS WORD?
We all need hope because there is so much uncertainty in the world today. I needed to keep hope alive in my own life. What better way than to choose it for my one word. Hope reminds us of the truth that we have a sure hope in Christ.
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.(Hebrews 6:18-19)
2. WHY IS THAT GOAL IMPORTANT TO ME?
Hope reminds us of God’s love. It gives meaning and direction in life, even in the struggles. We can experience love and joy now, because we have hope that will not disappoint.
We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.(Romans 5:2-5)
3. WHY IS THIS WORD HELPING ME THIS YEAR OR NOT HELPING ME?
Hope is helping me, because it keeps my eyes focused on God and His gift of salvation, freeing us from the bonds of sin. Hope reminds us of the promise of eternal life with God.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.(1 John 5:11)
Because of his promise of eternal life, we can have peace throughout our daily lives no matter the circumstances. When we know God loves us unconditionally, we want to love Him more. Knowing that His will is best we will trust and obey His Word.
Abundant peace belongs to those who love your instruction; nothing makes them stumble. Lord, I hope for your salvation and carry out your commands. I obey your decrees and love them greatly(Psalm 119:165-167)
HOPE REMINDS US TO PRAISE
God supplies our every need according to His will. He provides for the plants and animals and for all of creation. Some of our recent days have been hard with various trials, but through all the struggles I still want to praise God. When I read His Word and remember all He has done and is doing and will do for us, I can’t help but thank and praise Him. The hope we have in Him will never disappoint.
Join me in praise with these verses from Psalm 147, as we see His care and the value He puts on all those who love Him.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
play the lyre to our God,
who covers the sky with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
and causes grass to grow on the hills.
He provides the animals with their food,
and the young ravens what they cry for.
He is not impressed by the strength of a horse;
he does not value the power of a warrior.
The Lord values those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his faithful love.
I’m linking up with Lisa Burgess for the June One Word 2022.