By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Hope versus despair is an essential part of a Christian's life; not mere expectation or desire, but that which includes trust, confidence, and refuge in God. Scripture reveals that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). The hope of a nation or individual is not in man alone.
Why are you cast down? And why are you disquieted? Hope you in God (Psalm 42:5). Hope is linked with faith which is the realization of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). (Comment)
I believe God has opened a door of hope for America; though a different form of leadership. Scripture reveals that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise; and the weak things of the world to shame the things which are mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Hope comes into focus when God nurtures that hope. America is in dire need of a regathering to God. Such a time was seen on America's 9/11 devastation. Uncertainty came into focus at its initial offset. Again, the words of the Psalmist: Why are you cast down (or in despair)? And why are you disquieted? Hope you in God (Psalm 42:5).
America rose from the ashes of 9/11 and there was a regathering to God. But when things begin to quiet down; and the fear dissipated, people began once again to put God aside.
I believe God is attempting to bring many once godly nations back to their former status in Him. I believe that hope versus despair can only come though Him. I believe it will take more than man to accomplish this; it will take God's divine intervention.
David could not have been victorious over the giant Goliath had not His faith been in God (1 Samuel 17:43-46) . When it had not rained for a space of 3 1/2 years; the prophet Elijah could not have heard the sound of an abundance of rain had not God given it to him (1 Kings 18:41). He would not have been victorious over 450 false prophets had God not been with him (1 Kings 18:38).
Hope versus despair has been renewed in many; however, it will take the hand of God to expound upon it, along with the people of the land being sensitive towards God's desire to do so.
A Sodom and Gomorrah influence would not be able to survive such a move of God. The Babylon mentality, mentioned in the Book of Revelation, would not be able to function in such an environment. A mighty move of God would bring such in captivity to the Word of God; His Spirit moving over the land, with repentance being the norm of the day.
The recipe for deliverance is found in the words addressed to King Solomon by God so very long ago:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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