This is our hope, our confident assurance

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The power of hope”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “This is our hope, our confident assurance.”
 
Psalm 46:1 has long been a favorite of mine. The Psalm is a great source of hope and assurance as it reminds us that God is always with us, He is always for us, He is sovereign over all the events of our lives, and He is our refuge – especially during the worst of times. That’s what verse one tells us.  
 
The Psalmist goes on in verses 2-3, “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Here he pictures cataclysmic events. The worst of times. And yet, we do not fear, because God is our refuge and strength.
 
Verses 4-7, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” The city referred to here could be Jerusalem of old, but the real point of these verses is to emphasize the refreshing rivers of blessings being poured out by God in the midst of the uproar and turbulence of the world.
 
Verses 10-11, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Be still and know that He is God. He is with you, He is powerful, and He is sovereign over whatever it is you are dealing with. This is our hope, it is our confident assurance. Jesus said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
 
Hope is a powerful force. It enables us to live boldly, and with confidence and peace even as we face tough times and an uncertain future. It’s my prayer that this month of devotional messages about hope have been a blessing and encouragement to you. It really is true that the Lord is our hope – our confident assurance.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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