1st Sunday of Lent

Psalm 130:7-8 (NLT)

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
    for with the Lord there is unfailing love.
    His redemption overflows.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from every kind of sin.

A Thought

Life was going well. But I felt good times wouldn’t last. They never do. I kept wondering what news of “joy” I would receive. What would it be? An appliance breaking down, a car repair, or perhaps something to do with my job. Life throws difficulties at us all the time and I wanted to be ready.

I don’t think I’m the only person who feels this way. Even when things go well, we may have a nagging voice telling us that good times won’t last shrouding us in hopelessness.

Where we place our hope determines our outlook on life. My hopelessness stemmed from placing my trust in my ability to meet the challenges of life. I believed if I had enough resources and money, I could face any challenge. Yet, as is always true, there will always be challenges greater than my resources.

The Psalmist calls Israel to hope in the Lord because Israel had a history of trusting everyone except God. During the prophet Isaiah’s ministry, king Ahaz was trying to decide whether to join forces with Assyria or the Anti-Assyrian coalition, made up of Aram and Israel. God, through Isaiah, told Ahaz to trust God instead of either force. King Ahaz decided to join forces with Assyria instead. His decision ended in tragedy.

Prophets continued to tell God’s people they could trust God. Instead, they trusted other nations for their military might and other gods for promises of life.

God waited. God called. Yet, God’s people continued to look past him.

The Psalmist calls Israel and us to put our hope in God. He is the source of hope and our very Hope itself. His love is unfailing.

Prayer

Lord, may you be the source of my hope and life.

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