As I am sure you have experienced from time to time, life can be quite unpredictable. Actually, I am glad that it is. Why? Because, given our penchant for worrying over the least little things, we would be a basket case by the time the predicted event came to pass. It is enough to know that things will happen that I am not prepared for. Many come to me in the form of testing.
So, how do we cope? I am convinced that the psalmist had the right idea. Believers have only to look to God for the answers to life’s challenges. Hope in the life of the believer is not some warm and fuzzy feeling, but a reality from God.
Note first of all that we draw hope and confidence in our God because He reigns! That means that He is sovereign over everything. Nothing takes Him by surprise. (I am sure they are times when we think so!)
Second, it means that, because He is sovereign, righteousness (rightness in this sense) and justice are the essence of His reign. In other words, impartiality shall be meted out to the just and the unjust. Justice, in the second sense of the word, is negative; in the first sense, it is positive. How so? Because He has the power to see that justice is served, and will not fail to do so. Let’s be honest. Don’t we have a small place in our heart that wants to say, when people do us wrong: “He’s going to get his one of these days”?
God is the ruler over His “just” ones (vv. 10-11). He desires that we love Him and hate evil. As a consequence, He protects our lives; He rescues us from the wicked; He gives us light to see into darkness; and He gives us joy and peace.
For those reasons, let us “Rejoice in the LORD . . . and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~Romans 15.13 (NIV)
-Pastor John Roberts
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Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife.