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.
Scripture asks: 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).
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 America back to its 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 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)
Hope versus despair is an essential part of a Christian life; not mere expectation or desire but that which includes trust, confidence, and refuge in God.
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