My alarm went off at 4am and it was go, go, go from then on.
Reference: v.23 Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.
They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: My day had been crazy. My alarm went off at 4am and it was go, go, go from then on.
After working 5am-1pm I headed to a lunch catch up with an old acquaintance who was looking for some advice. From there I went to the shops to pick up the groceries for the week before heading to another meeting at the church.
From there it was back home to some domestic duties finishing with tea preparation, eating, dishes and cleaning up the kitchen. I knew this was going to be a busy day, but the one thing that got me through was knowing I had the evening free.
Whenever anything got a little crazy throughout the day I would look forward to 8pm at night, hoping that I would be able to put my feet up then.
7.58pm and the kitchen was clean, all the meetings were completed, the family was fed and… the phone rings. A friend was having a hard time and needed a chat.
My hope of sitting down with my feet up vanished as quickly as my alarm had sounded in the morning. I guess I’ll just have to hope for a break on another day!
Application: “I hope my team wins on the weekend.” “I hope you have a great birthday.” “I hope I get a good score on my exam.”
We use hope in our everyday language quite regularly. There are many things we hope for. Our hopes and dreams may be placed upon our career, our relationships, or our financial position.
The greatest thing we can place our hope upon, however, is God. Isaiah 49 is a reminder that when we place our hope in God we will not be disappointed. Why is it, then, that I often place my hope in other things?
Other things look appealing and show a promise of great results, however, the greatest hope we can ever imagine is when we put our whole lives in the hands of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, so often I forget to place my hope in You. I rely on my own strength, money or position to get myself through. For the things that are truly important in life, only hope in You will get me through. Thank you for always being there for me. Amen.
What, other than God, do you find yourself placing your hope in?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.