Hope in New Beginnings

It is the first Monday of a new year. Many people are beginning new routines, habits, schedules and plans this week.

When I read my devotions this morning out of 2 Chronicles, I thought

"What an excellent 'resolution' for the New Year!"

To set the story a little, Asa was king over Judah. The Scriptures say he "did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God."

Asa's kingdom had 10 years of rest during which they built walled cities and prospered as a people.

Suddenly, though, a host of Ethiopians attacked. The Bible says there were a thousand thousand soldiers and three hundred chariots.

As Asa went out to battle, he prayed to God.

And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord, our God: for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.
2 Chronicles 14:11

What a testimony of Asa's great faith is his God!

Some days, we could spring out of bed and pray this prayer with all our hearts. Other days, it would take a great act of our will and our faith to pray these words.

I believe Asa cried out to in the midst of the battle the deep truth that he believed in his heart: "it is nothing with thee to help."

How big is God? Can He help you? Do you believe He can deliver you?

I believe the truth of this verse in my head.

Now, I'm asking the Lord to engrave the truth of this verse on my heart.

In the middle of my crisis, I want to be able to cry out to God for deliverance and have the faith that He will come to my aid. Not because I am worthy to be rescued, but because I am resting on Him.

Oh, and as for Asa, 2 Chronicles 14:12-13 tells us

"So the Lord smote the Ethiopians…and the Ethiopians fled…and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves, for they were destroyed before the Lord , and before his host…"

God is always victorious. We must be sure He is the One fighting our battles for us, as we rest in Him.

Hope in Hope

In the beginning, there was Hope.

Throughout history that Hope was kept alive by prophecies given to men and women of God.

In Bethlehem, that Hope was born to a young virgin named Mary.

In Egypt, that Hope was kept safe, though all other infants and toddlers in Jerusalem were murdered by a wicked king.

On a hill called Calvary that Hope was crucified by men who believed they were greater than all the prophets of old who had foretold of the coming of Hope.

Three days later, that Hope was resurrected, brought back to life, glorified and He walked throughout the cities of Israel as proof of His divine nature.

Then our Hope was caught up into Heaven, but He left His Spirit of Hope to comfort our hearts.

Where is your hope today?

Has it been promised, but you don't yet see the fulfillment of it?

If so, don't fail to believe it. It will come to you!

Has it been birthed in you, a tiny spark that can grow to illuminate your whole life?

If so, rejoice in it! It is time to celebrate the beginning of your hope!

Has it been threatened by evil?

If so, don't be afraid! God will protect it in the time of danger!

Has it been viciously murdered by those who don't believe in it?

If so, don't fret. It will revive!

Is your hope already in Heaven?

If so, enjoy the comfort of His spirit while you remain here on the earth!

No matter what circumstances surround you today, Hope is there! Hope is alive!

It is available to you through the person of Jesus Christ!

Please don't loose heart. Don't give up!

Cling to the Christ Who can save your soul, and give your earthly life great meaning, peace and joy!

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21