Connie Lewis Leonard
|Posted on August 26, 2021 at 3:05 PM|
"But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Psalm 71:14 New International Version
Life without hope is hopeless—dismal, depressing, and useless. But the same could be said for life with misplaced hope—if we place our hope in anyone or anything other than Christ, we will be disappointed. He alone is the solid rock of our salvation. He is all-loving, all-merciful, all-gracious, and Almighty. When our hope rests on Him, all else around us may crumble, but we can rejoice and praise Him because our foundation is secure, always and forever.
“I’ll write the book on your righteousness, talk up your salvation the livelong day, never run out of good things to write or say.” Psalm 71:15 The Message
Blessings come from spending time with the lord. We can pray, telling God about our troubles, our fears, and our hopes, knowing that He hears us. We can read His Word, knowing His love, power, and promises are unchanging. We can ask Him to use us to bless others, talking up His salvation, to bring hope to the hopeless.
“I walk in the strength of the Lord God. I tell everyone that you alone are just and good.” Psalm 71:16 The Living Bible
Without Christ, we can do nothing that makes a difference for eternity (John 5:5). But with Christ, we can do all things He calls us to do, all things He gifts us to do, all things that help further His will and His kingdom on earth and in heaven. When God gives us desires, talents, and abilities, we can step out in faith to follow those desires, to develop those talents and abilities in service to Him and others. When God blesses us with resources, He will give us opportunities to share those resources with the less fortunate.
Are you placing your hopes and dreams in God alone?
Ask God to give you direction, to show you what He wants you to do to fulfill His plans for you and further His kingdom, to bring hope to the hopeless.
God promises that when we hope in Him, He “will renew our strength. We will soar on wings like eagles; we will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31).