How Reflecting Will Make You Have Hope

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Daily Reading: Judges 12-14 GW; Psalms 143 GW

Remembering gives hope.

Reflecting about God’s past victories reminds you He’s got this too.  Whatever storm You’re facing, God will get you through it.  God did it before; He’ll do it again.  In His way and time, God will deliver you from your battle.

One of the darkest days of my life was the day my nephew died.  Like a son to me, my heart shattered.  But amid my despair, God’s light shined brightly.  In my situation, God used my husband to pick me up and begin piecing my heart back together.  I remember sobs vividly racking my body, wailing in distress, as my husband wrapped his arms around me and held me. Ron was God in the flesh to me at that moment.  Now, when I reflect on that day, I find hope.  God knew what I needed to carry me through that storm.  I know, He’ll take me through the next one too.  

Somehow, in some way, God always comes through.

What we need, who we need, all vary.  Only God knows the perfect solution to your battle.  But He doesn’t give us the battle plan.  Typically, we don’t have advance notice when a storm is about to hit.  If we try to predict, we’re usually wrong.  But God never is.  He knows precisely what is coming your way.  God already has the battle won, but we still have to go through it.  Jesus told us the truth:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

Take heart today; Jesus overcame the world.  Reflect on past victories.  Gain hope from what He already did—expectantly waiting for God to do it again.

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Lord, thank You for being our victor.  Thank You for all of our past victories.  Forgive us for forgetting so quickly what You have done for us.  As we face the trials of this day, let us find hope as we reflect on what You did before.  Help us meet our battles with confidence, knowing, You’ve got this too.  In You, we can trust.  Give us Your peace that surpasses all understanding; as we remember, Jesus already overcame the world.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

What did God do for you in the past that gives you hope for today?

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