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December 4, 2021

Foundation of Hope

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

Hebrews 10:23 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT

What is the basis of your hope?


In scripture, hope is presented as having a foundation in the character of God. His past actions indicate His future willingness to step into our world and help us in our times of need.


As I reflect on the past three years, I see the hand of God working in and through my life. It was three years ago that I had a major back procedure that included two surgeries done over three days. The end result was fusing my lower back with four rods and multiple screws. The recovery was the hardest thing I have ever done. Pain, lack of sleep, moments when I feared I would never live without pain, and the anxiety of the unknown. But God brought me through those months of recovery. The process was not fun, but the growth in my faith to trust God through the pain was important.


Then came COVID-19. After spending 2019 working through recovery, I was ready to move forward, and then came 2020 and COVID-19. Once again, my world was rocked, and I had to learn to trust God on a new level.


It seemed life was about to return to some sense of normalcy when in February 2021, we were hit with a major ice storm in Texas that destroyed a major part of our ministry center. We were forced out of two-thirds of our space for seven months while it was renovated and repaired.


In addition to these three major events, there has been the loss of friends, questions about the future, and many other issues to private to share. Yet here we are. God has brought us through it all and provided the strength, the resources, and the friends to make it through the storms of life.


As I write this devotion today, I have just lost one of my closest friends who was just 64 years of age. Two months ago, we were playing golf together. Today, he is in heaven.


I face today because I can look back on the past and see that God has always been there whatever the storm. God can be trusted to keep His promises.


In the Old Testament, God promised a Messiah. It took hundreds of years for the promise to be fulfilled. But God sent a Messiah. His promises are always true.


Today, my hope is in the promises of God. His Word is true. His character has not changed. What He has done in the past, He will do in the future.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit, please help me today to trust You for my tomorrow. Help me hold tightly to the hope I have in Your Word.


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