Hope. We all need it. The challenge is we often put our hope in the wrong thing. Psalm 33:20 instructs us to put our hope in the Lord. That word hope means “to expect”. When we wait in hope for the Lord, we expect Him to show up, because He is our help (offense) and shield (defense).
Sometimes God shows up quickly. Other times He allows us to wait for Him to show up. Either way, our hearts can be full of joy because we trust in His holy name (vs 21). He hasn’t gotten us this far to ditch us now! Often God uses times of waiting to mature us, because nothing helps you mature quite like waiting, right? However, LONG seasons of waiting (I’m talkin’ months and even years) can cause us to lose hope. What do you do then? You rest and rely upon His unfailing love (vs 22).
About a month ago, I found myself needing some hope. I had been studying this portion of Scripture, so I decided to ask the Lord to give me glimpses of His unfailing love. I soon found out, that’s a prayer He loves to answer! In fact, it got to the point where I think He was showing off, just because He could (*smile*). All of a sudden that phrase “unfailing love” was everywhere I turned around . . . in songs, in other Scriptures I just happened to “stumble” upon. He also used others to show me HIS unfailing love, homemade cinnamon rolls from a friend, meals when I was sick, prayers and encouraging words from friends.
God designed us so that His very nature (LOVE) could fill our greatest need (LOVE). Over the past month, I have learned that God desires to show me glimpses of His unfailing love. I just need to place myself in a position to receive them and then be on the lookout for them. Some of the ways I do this are by feasting on His Word, filling my heart and environment with worship music and pressing in to my community of believers who love me like Jesus does.
I love the way the Amplified Version translates verse 22… “Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.” God is so tender to us when we are in a season of waiting for Him to show up. He knows it is hard for us to wait. This verse encourages us not to give up hope because His mercy and loving-kindness is in direct proportion to the amount of waiting and hoping we do. The longer you wait – the more you hope in Jesus and expect Him to show up without losing heart – the more you will sense His mercy and loving kindness surrounding you.
It may seem like you’ve waited a long time. He may not show up like you had in mind, but make no mistake, God. Will. Always. Show. Up.! That is why we put our hope in Him.
Thank You Father for your Word. It brings comfort to my soul. May I put my hope in You alone. You are my help and my shield. Help me to trust in you. Thank you for glimpses of your unfailing love. I expect you to show up. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen.
Your Friend in Ministry,