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Hope In God

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43:5 (KJV)


These present days are full of frustrating moments. Even children of God are finding it challenging to walk in peace. We have walked in the assurance of the power of God, and that assurance had not been tested. Now, we are being tested. Between the economy, the rising violence around the world, and the other controversial issues we face, it has become easy to become, as David says, cast down and disquieted. Technically, to be cast down means to be depressed, and disquieted refers to having noise in your mind. Usually, depression causes one to hear adversarial voices, which lead to actions of the flesh. Yes, these are indeed the days of feeling cast down and defeated.

I am glad David does not stop with the condition. He tells his soul to hope in God. In the Hebrew, the word “hope” means to tarry, to trust, to wait. What a marvelous contrast for you. In moments of despair, we continue to trust in God. I have been struggling with hearing from God as all the voices of our world have crowded my mind. In certain situations, if I am not careful, I may become disquieted. We look for answers when the answer is to be still before God. Trust is easy to talk about but difficult to perform. We are in a time of faith and hope.

God has promised to be a present help in our times of trouble. He will sustain us, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

I encourage you to place trust and hope in our God. He will always keep His promise, and He will never abandon His children. Remember, He loves you, and nothing can separate you from His love. Blessings to all.

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