Where do you set your hope?
In whom do you rely on?
Is it in your wealth?
Is it in your family?
Is it in yourself?
How can one succeed in life without placing their hope and faith Jesus Christ?
There is a little frame that I received when I graduated high-school twenty years ago from my founding pastor and his wife. It has this saying on it:
“When I try
When I trust
I still have this little frame which contains these words which is a huge milestone message in my opinion.
I have gone through these twenty years through various heart wrenching circumstances. The loss of loved ones, battling depression, battling various illnesses, being hospitalized for various things, battled thoughts of suicide while being on or off various medications and the list could still go on. I have been through times where I have been very angry with God for the things that I had gone through but then I would see this message on this frame all through out these years. I knew all that I had to do was to trust in God and no matter the situation or how hard it got deep down inside I knew His way was the best.
No matter what the plans I had were only GOD’s plan for my life would succeed. I would be extremely stubborn in my anger, grief and despair that I would throw tantrums wondering why I had to go through these things but until I went through ministry of being one on one with the LORD through the guidance of a counselor.
The Lord showed me where He was at each instance of abuse, betrayal, abandonment, loss of loved ones, in the hospital, in the tears and anger.
Let me let you in on the secret He is with you too through all the things you were and are going through. You see, Jesus, knew it all, yet for His purposes He allowed these things in my life in order to draw me closer and closer to Himself. He showed me that even as an infant in the crib that HIS banner of love was over me and He would weep over every instance of sin that was either done to me or that I had done to someone else.
One of my favorite worship songs a few years ago for which I cannot remember the exact title but here are some of the words.
His banner over me is love. His banner over me is love and He takes to His banqueting table of love.
For every tear you shed and every circumstance you face Jesus will be there, so set your hope in HIS everlasting love this day. Take some time right now, to be still and know the LORD is GOD in your life today.