There are times when the world at large as well as my own small world seems to be so riddled with trouble it becomes easy to feel defeated, yet Truth tells me from God’s Word that in Christ I am more than a conqueror. So the source of hope for me is Christ and my reminder of His promises I find when I turn to His Word.

Last night after a very long and tiring day I turned to Isaiah 55 and found the following words:

55:6-12 “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it will accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

What a glorious depiction of what lies ahead for those who are in Christ! And…so full of grace is our Lord that when the wicked forsakes his ways and the unrighteous man his thoughts and turns to Him there is forgiveness and abundant pardon!

I see the beauty of righteousness and I ask “how is it that we don’t choose this instead of sin?” I have witnessed the destruction of sin over and over again and yet the masses choose sin over righteousness, death over life!

When I’m blessed to be in the presence of innocent children and witness their joy and richness of life they exude, it makes me think of life without sin. Of course all humans have sin nature, but children who have been shielded from evil have no part with it and the joy and trust they have as a result is blanketed with peace. Why would anyone ever choose to unveil the ugliness of evil to a child? Oh the depravity of man apart from the righteousness of Christ!

In my work years ago as a mental health clinician, I witnessed time and time again the consequences of a life lived in rebellion against God. The end is such an ugly destination. The loneliness and despair that I saw in the lives of so many who had chosen to walk through life in selfishness and sin was startling. The empty excuses I would hear resounded with a frustration that made clear to me the person really knew deep inside the true source of their circumstance and it made for them a bitter existence.

I hurt for those people and I appealed to many of them to turn to God where love abounds and healing is offered. Most just turned away, finished with their conversation with me. How sad, but how telling. No doubt, most of them had heard that appeal before many times along the way and to it each time they had turned a deaf ear, choosing instead the be their own god with no power to heal, to love, or to bless.

Every day that we live matters. There is no neutrality in life. We make an impact. Whether for good or for evil, every day of our lives; every choice we make leaves an imprint in this world.

Kind words and loving care can be given whether you stay home to raise children or go out into the workplace. I so often think about the declaration Joshua made “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Serving the Lord is choosing life and love and both in abundance. May we all seek to do just that!

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2 Responses to Hope

  1. Carol Garrett says:

    My dear friend, you cannot know how this post on “Hope” speaks to our family right now. Thank you so much for ministering with this blog. Please keep us in your prayers.
    Love you….Carol

    • andreastiles says:

      Thank you, sweet Carol. Messages like your’s will surely make my journey to the computer each day more meaningful for me. I really felt someone might find encouragement if I would be willing to share. The Good Lord didn’t give me a compassionate heart and all of these words pouring through my mind for me to keep to myself, so again, thanks for letting me know it touched your heart. Love You So Much!

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