Hope Thou In God

What was it that upset you last week? A harsh word? Fear of embarrassment of shame? Disappointment? Whatever it was that broke into your peaceful haven and made waves, you now know the result.

You lost hours of time that could have been filled with useful service. Your family was affected because you were upset. You said things that you cannot call back. You were less efficient in your daily work.

You should have learned a lesson from that experience, but, more than likely, you will be human enough to fall into that old trap again. When it happens, you may be disgusted with yourself. You may wonder why it has happened. You may find David’s questions coming from your lips: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?”

The answers to the psalmist’s questions are not given. Only the antidote: “…hope thou in God…”

While we cannot prevent problems from coming our way, we can be prepared to meet them. Paul wrote: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (II Corinthians 4:8). He had trouble, but was triumphant.

God is interested in the daily irritations that bug you. Tell Him about them. You’ll find that sharing them with Him will ease the burden.

Hope thou in God!