Some people may consider me to be an optimist but on the other hand, some optimists (like my mother) would consider me to be a bit of a pessimist. Why? Because I am what I consider to be an optimistic realist. This means that I try to not allow my optimism to be blinded by ignoring reality or be blind to the fact that God can transform our reality into something amazing.
The Daily Bible Verse at CB today is:
Psalm 71:14-16: - But I will always have hope and will praise you more and more. I will tell how you do what is right. I will tell about your salvation all day long, even though it is more than I can tell. I will come and tell about your powerful works, Lord God. I will remind people that only you do what is right. (New Century Version)
A few years ago, I wrote a portion of that passage on a pink sticky note and stuck it on my computer where I can see it every day. The paper is now faded but the words are still true.
But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more! Psalm 71:14
The authorship of Psalm 71 is uncertain. Some scholars attribute it to David while others suggest Jeremiah. Since no author is mentioned, this is mere speculation. What we do know is that the author was someone who had known and loved God since his childhood. Not only has he taken refuge in God time and time again; he acknowledges that God has been faithful and delivered him time and time again. This man is not silent when it comes to sharing his testimony. Indeed, he refuses to be silent. He joyfully declares what God has done and continues to do in his life.
It is critical for us to declare what God has done. We must not only declare it but we must hide it in our heart. We need to write it down so that we will not forget it. When I am going through difficult times, I love to page through my own blogs as well as the blogs of others, reading the testimonies of what God has done in my life and in the lives of others. I am reminded of the loving faithfulness of God and when I am reminded of that, I am filled with hope. It does not matter what my circumstances are at that moment. I remember that God is indeed the God of Hope.
Remembering that God is the God of Hope enables us to tightly cling to Him when God says "No." It enables us to have joy when we are wandering out there in the "desert" or are in the middle of a "fire". Nothing subdues fear like hope. Without hope, we cannot live victoriously and we cannot be an effective light that reflects the light of Jesus Christ. We must remember in all things and in every season that God is the God of Hope.
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I love this blog! All week I needed to be reminded to have hope. You are right, God is our hope! He has delivered me from so much! Before I blogged, I journaled and I did the same thing. I would look back at them to see all that God has done for me and how far I've come! I was blessed reading this!