Faith in God gives us hope for the future

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “The power of hope”
Our Bible verse for today: “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Faith in God gives us hope for the future”
I once heard a story told by a man who grew up on a farm in South Dakota. On cold dark nights during the long months of winter his family would often sit in front of the fire looking at seed catalogues. They did that because the catalogues included brightly colored pictures of all the wonderful fruits and vegetables the seeds would produce. The man said that as the frigid winter raged outside, he and his family would enjoy the warmth of the fire and visualize the beautiful fruits and vegetables that would be theirs in the summer. That image gave them hope for the future and got them through the long dark nights of winter.
It’s a powerful metaphor. We all go through seasons of life that sometimes resemble those cold dark South Dakota winters. In the middle of it all, it’s easy to forget that better days are ahead. Nighttime passes, the darkness lifts, dawn comes, and things look brighter. Someone once said that their favorite passage in the Bible is “and it came to pass …” Those are actually encouraging words because in time, everything does pass.
In Psalm 62:5-6 King David reflected on his hope in God. If you read the rest of the Psalm you realize the context is that David was being threatened and attacked (verse 3); he was being lied about and cursed at (verse 4); there was evidently treason in the kingdom and perhaps his life was in jeopardy (verse 4). But in the middle of that he found his rest in God. He drew his strength and assurance from God and he found that God was his rock, his refuge, and his sure foundation. And as a result, David knew that better days were ahead. Despite tough times, David had hope for the future because he trusted in God.
What was true for David is also true for us. God is our fortress and our strength. He is our rock and our salvation. He is our trusted and glorious hope for the future.
Faith in God gives us hope for the future.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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