I remember a time a few years ago when I was discouraged and heartbroken.
My hopes had been swept away by a flood of circumstances fueled by other people’s choices and actions. I chose integrity but no one else saw it that way. My character was questioned. My reputation was shredded and I could do nothing about it.
I could only walk forward into a future that I had not anticipated or imagined.
I clung to Jesus. I grabbed hold of the promise that He would never leave me or forsake me. I tried to trust that He could redeem the circumstances as I watched everything we had built crumble around us. I tried and failed. I couldn’t find trust or hope within my soul, only heartbreak and fear.
Psalm 119:116 became the words I held onto:
“Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.”
One morning I got up early and took a walk. We were living in Las Vegas and my neighborhood edged the desert by the Red Rock. With worship music loaded on my iPod, I set out to pray and breathe in the presence of God.
As I turned the corner out of my neighborhood and onto the desert road behind it the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” began. The sun was just rising over Red Rock Canyon and it was so beautiful that I almost dropped to my knees. I heard God’s whisper in my heart, “Hold on. Your hopes are not lost. I am faithful to complete what I have started in you. I will sustain you through this and strengthen you in it. My faithfulness knows no end.”
It was a turning point for me. I carried that promise through a time that got harder long before it got better.
Hold on, my friend, your hopes are not lost.
Jesus is faithful to complete what He started in you.
He will sustain you and strengthen you in it.
God’s faithfulness knows no end.
Thank you so much for this wonderful gift of “Beloved”. You are a gift from God to me and our church family. I have truly enjoyed every session and each message you send out in email or on Facebook. You have a beautiful spirit that shows through and I am so thrilled that you are one of our awesome pastors. God bless you and your family.
I am honored and blessed to be one of them.