Thursday, February 27, 2020

Hang on to hope

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

We all need something called ‘hope’ to get us through the difficult seasons of our lives.

A wise person once said, “Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.”

God gave the patriarch, Abraham, an incredible promise that he and his wife, Sarah, would have a son who would be the beginning of many nations of people.

They had been married many years and were expecting to leave their inheritance to a household servant.

A full 25 years went by, with Sarah at age 90 and Abraham at 100, and then their hope was fulfilled.

Romans 4:18 records, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’”

I don’t know what you are going through in your life right now but let me encourage you to not let go of your hope.

Hope is not wishful thinking, but rather earnest expectation.

Many years ago my hope of going to seminary to become a pastor was almost dashed due to inadequate grades to enter into graduate school.

But “hope against hope” I believed and I was awarded a grade I had not earned, along with a professor’s reference that put me over the top.

I went from abysmal letdown to acceptance letter literally overnight.

Today I am doing what I always hoped I would do: serving as a pastor.

So start singing while it’s still dark because dawn may be on the near horizon.

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