“and in His name the Gentiles will hope.”
This morning I find myself battling a lot of self-doubt, nervousness, fear, and a sense of defeat. Even with my prayers up to this point, I only feel some alleviation, not a full breaking through.
But reading this verse, something starts to resonate.
…What am I hoping in?
What am I counting on?
Is it my ability? My strengths, my insight, my actions, my discernment?
…Or is it Christ?
Is my hope in what I think I can accomplish, or is it in the power and sovereignty of my God?
Is my hope in His grace that is sufficient for me?
Is it in His power that is made perfect in my weakness?
Is my hope in His wisdom, His understanding, His love?
Is my hope in His unchanging, perfect, unfailing character?
Jew or Gentile, our only hope is Jesus.
Hope for salvation, hope for guidance in truth, hope for direction along life’s path and all the steps along the way. Hope for assurance that He will never leave, hope for His faithfulness as we follow His leading, hope that God will be glorified in our weakness and accomplish all His purposes.
Hope that His grace, His all-sufficiency, will fill in the gaps when we don’t seem to be enough to do it all.
Because He is enough.
We weren’t designed to be.
Our God created us to be in close relationship with Him, to be reliant on Him to see us through. So today, whatever you’re facing that seems too big for you, remember that your hope is in Christ, the One who conquered death and who will never let you go. Allow your hope in Him to break through your fears, your doubt, your sense of defeat. Go forward in confidence, because of who He is and who you are in Him.
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose,
He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie,
we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf”