Put Your Hope In God
By Kim Butts
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psa. 43:5).
The generations coming behind us are counting on our strength. They are watching to see how we handle setbacks, disappointments and even catastrophe. If they see us falling apart due to the lack of our own inherent strength, rather than leaning upon the strong arm of the Father, they will not embrace the power of the Cross of Jesus Christ! Instead, they will assume that the faith we have based our lives upon is weak and ineffective. For their sakes and for our own, as well as for the sake of the kingdom, we must stand firm, believing that He who has promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23). We must be strong and courageous knowing without a doubt that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut. 31:6). He will go before us and He will be our rear guard (Isa. 52:12). His plans stand firm forever and the purposes of His heart through all generations (Psa. 33:11).
Let us go to God’s Word and then obey it as we grasp the hand of the Savior who wants to haul us up out of the miry clay and set our feet securely upon the Rock (Psa. 40:2). He alone has the answer to every situation, predicament, frustration, addiction and temptation we face in this life! If you have felt weary and burdened by the circumstances of your life, it is time to take His yoke upon you and learn from Him so that He can give you rest (Matt. 11:28-30). Now is the time to take some steps that will allow the Lord to defeat the work of the enemy in your life so that you can claim victory in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Be aware that you have an enemy who wants to damage you. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” (1 Pet. 5:8-9). If you are alert, you will cry out to God and be prepared to withstand the attack. Knowing that Jesus “will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (v. 10), you can stand up to any attack of the enemy. Put on your armor each day, take up the weapons of warfare and pray (Eph. 6:12-18). “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matt. 26:41). Pray with confidence to the One who will help you in your time of need. Remember that you have a choice to make every time you are tempted to sin, or to fall into despair. You can give in to what Satan desires, or stand firm upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, who will give you victory.
Know that the Lord will fight for you (Ex. 14:14). The battle is not ours to win – it is His! The victory will not be won in our own strength. We are to be alert and to prepare; however, He is the Lord who is strong and mighty in battle (Psa. 24:8).
Claim the promise of your victory. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you” (Rom. 16:20). Put your hope in the Lord Jesus and He will turn your mourning into dancing. He will fill you with joy and establish a godly heritage through you for the generations to come as you stand firm upon His Word and the promises from His heart to yours. “You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to You and not be silent, O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever” (Psa. 30:11-12).