The Hope and Confidence of the Lord

In the book of Jeremiah, chapter 10, we read that there is none like the Lord, who is great and His name is great in might.  As among all the wise men of the nations, there is none like Him.  The Lord is the true God, the living God, and an everlasting king:  at His wrath the earth shall tremble and the nations shall not be able to abide His indignation.  He made the earth by His power, He established the world by His wisdom,  and stretched out the heavens by His discretion.  When He speaks, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and He causes the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasures.  He is the former of all things, and Israel is the rod of His inheritance; The Lord of Hosts is His name.

Why then, when we read He is the living God, everlasting king, all-powerful, wise, created all things, able to move all things, has always been… why do we still doubt Him?  Why do we not have our hope and confidence in Him?  Have we allowed our sins to overshadow in our minds the One who overshadows us?  It seems so simple on paper, to believe He’s bigger than all our problems.  Yet, how often are we filled with worry or discouraged?  How often do we keep trying to accomplish everything in our own strength?

If we would first of all, take the time to seek His face, if we would read His Word, meditate on it, and believe it all to be true, we could begin the process of change.  For the longest time, I used to pray “Lord, take my will, so I can follow you.”  And I wondered why it couldn’t be that simple.  But the gift of choice was given to each of us.

To walk with Christ, is a continuous series of steps and changes, a life long journey of walking towards our Creator, because of what Christ did for us, and with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Once we figure out that we can do no good thing, and come to the understanding of His strength, His goodness, His mercy, His grace, then and only then can we begin to see the Hope and the Confidence of the Lord.  After all, He created everything we can see, touch, smell, taste, and hear as well as every way that we can respond to everything around us.  The Grand Creator, who knows us best, who knows the very number of hairs on our heads and who knew us before He placed us in our mothers’ wombs, loves us where we’re at until He gets us where we need to be.  This lifelong process, is a journey filled with  triumphs, trials and temptations, mountain top experiences and times in the valley where life can be more challenging, stagnant, and uncomfortable.  But once we come to the understanding that He is always with us, He’s always for us, and longs for us to stay connected to Him, we can then realize how wonderful this journey called life really is.  Yes, it’s messy and hurtful at times but the beauty that is all around us can remind us how wonderful life is.

It’s where we choose to look that determines whether we walk with the Hope and the Confidence of the Lord.  If we focus on our problems, our troubles, we lose the sight of Christ.  But if we focus on Jesus, we see the answer has already been provided and we keep walking forward toward our prize.  The everlasting King will welcome us home to a place where there are no tears and no more sickness.

And that is where the Hope and the Confidence of the Lord comes into reality for me.  I choose to see Him, I choose to serve Him, I choose to surrender all the things that I never was intended to pick up for Him.   I lived more than 50 years serving only myself, trying to satisfy myself, and have been feeling empty handed.  Until the day when Jesus knocked at the door of my heart, and I let Him in.  Now I have hope, now I have confidence.  Not in myself, but in the One who knows me best, who knows me by name, and thinks I’m worth dying for.  That is the Hope and the Confidence of the Lord.  It’s knowing who He is and knowing how much He loves us.

 

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