What can God give us in the midst of a crisis? Fifthly, He can give us hope. Today a lot of people are looking for hope. Experts tell us that people need hope in order to live. When we don’t have hope, we lose energy and motivation. As a matter of fact, when we don’t have hope, we can sink into a deep depression.
Let’s look at some verses in the Book of Psalms. In Psalm 42:5 the psalmist says, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” The psalmist is asking, “Why am I so depressed, down and discouraged by what is transpiring in my life?” Then he states that we are to put our hope in God. When we do that God gives us praise, joy and a song in the midst of a crisis.
When we study the word “hope” in the Bible, we find out that the hope of God is connected with the Word of God. For instance, Psalm 119:81 says, “My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.” Psalm 119:114 says, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Notice the connection the psalmist is making between the hope of God and the Word of God. Psalm 130:5 says, “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.” There’s definitely a connection between the hope of God and the Word of God. When we read the Word of God, we will have the hope of God in our hearts and our lives. We lose hope when we don’t stay in the Word of God. The psalmist is making that connection. It’s important to stay in the Word because the Word of God gives us the hope of God.
In the Bible the word “hope” is not used the way we use it today. For example we might say, “We hope to see some baseball this spring or we hope to get some ice cream today.” But the hope in the Bible isn’t a “hope-so” or “pie-in-the-sky” type of word. Biblical hope means confidence and it implies having an anchor. We have an anchor, and our anchor is Almighty God. We have confidence that God is going to work all things out for our good and for His glory. When we put our confidence in God and His promises in His Word, suddenly our perspective of life changes. Psalm 146:5 says, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” We are a blessed people! We should be full of happiness and joy, because our God is the one true, living God and He gives us hope. We can have hope even in the midst of a crisis.
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