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Our Hope Is In The Lord!

Psalm 121:2

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

IMG_0301Where does your hope come from these days? If you’re an Orioles fan – you might be hoping that our second baseman returns soon and can help our offense or maybe that the latest call-ups from the minors will help. We have won 8 out of the last 10 games and are within shouting distance of first place. We’re only one game behind last year’s record at this point and last year we won the division and won 96 games I believe.

Where does your hope come from these days? I was recently talking to a young person who was hoping to find a career – a job that they could focus on and provide for themselves moving forward. Finding your nitch in society is not easy for everyone for sure. I prayed with them and wished them well as they try to make their way in life.

Where does your hope come from these days? I was recently speaking with a young couple – about marriage. They had high expectations about their marriage. They had high hopes that they would live happily ever after and were ready to work hard to make it so. I’m glad they were ready to work hard – because marriage is hard work!

Where does your hope come from these days? Ultimately – our hope should rest in our relationship with our God. The Psalmist writes in today’s passage – Psalm 121:2 – My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Here it is in context. Psalm 121:1-8 – 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Where does your hope come from these days? Ultimately it will not be in a girlfriend or boyfriend or a life-partner even. Ultimately it will not be in some job – even the greatest job one could imagine. Ultimately it will be in our relationship with God – the One who makes everything go round and round in our world! Our hope should be in our Lord – He who watches out for us – and will never slumber or sleep on the job!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 17, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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  1. Great words, Ray! Hollywood and fairy tales present the Happily-Ever-After marriage goal. But the truth is, happiness is not be sought, so much as making Jesus Lord of your union. Then happiness happens, is a natural byproduct of being one in Christ, mutually serving one another. If happiness is the sole goal of marriage, we, being sinners, even redeemed sinners, will miss that goal. If living under Christ’s Lordship is the goal, happiness flows from His throne … joy, joy, joy, down in our hearts! God will not withhold his good gifts from His children who love and serve Him.

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    Comment by Favorite Son | June 17, 2015 | Reply


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