Hope that cannot disappoint

“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31.

We are all waiting for something in hope. Yet, the hope of non-believers is different from that of believers.

The hope of the world is based on humanistic efforts and wishes. Always waiting and chasing things that attract the eyes.

This hope can fail. It can be lost. It can disappoint. It can lead to despair and depression. It can lead to maladaptive behaviours when the wishes are not met. Because human efforts and wishes are limited.

Hopefully, the believer’s hope cannot be lost. It cannot disappoint. It cannot lead to despair. Because it is based on always waiting and seeking the one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus is our hope.

Only when we have Jesus we can truly rest. Rest in this hope. A rest that moves us to the next level.

Today we’re experiencing untold food shortages, famines, pandemics, and deaths… Commodity prices are skyrocketing. The cost of living is high. A majority of people are resorting to drugs, alcohol, even suicide and other maladaptive behaviours as a means of escape.

Born-again believers have hope that isn’t dictated by circumstances. Our hope is even bigger when we’re facing the worst of circumstances. Because circumstances change but Jesus, our hope never changes.

Beloved, don’t allow hopelessness to strike you so you won’t move to the next level. Conquer it by putting your hope in Jesus Christ.

I want to encourage somebody who’s waiting. Perhaps you’ve waited for so long that you’re about to drop the ball, perhaps you feel like fainting and you want to quit… Don’t quit. Don’t lose hope. Our faithful God doesn’t sleep nor slumber. He’s watching and hearing your prayers, your cry… He has the answer to all your needs.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” 

Psalm 16:9.

God bless you indeed!

Faith is a shield that never fails

We are in a time when wars and rumours of war are the talks of the day. As a result, the nations of the world are in tension and fear, therefore, amassing state-of-the-art arsenals in preparation and vigilance for possible attacks.

Israel, a key Middle East nation about Bible prophecy, is an example. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), has developed the Iron Dome, a defence system to intercept the missiles frequently launched against Israel by her neighbouring nations.

The Iron Dome system has intercepted close to 2,000 rockets and mortar shells launched from Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians since 2011. So far during the current barrage of missiles from Gaza, Iron Dome has neutralized over 80% of rockets that would have hit population centres.

The radar of the Iron Dome can detect incoming rockets up to seventy kilometres (43 miles) away. The system calculates the missile’s trajectory to determine whether it is likely to hit a population centre or fall into empty areas. In a split second, the operating soldiers decide whether or not to fire the Dome’s anti-missile projectile.

The Iron Dome fires three-meter-long (10 feet) Tamir interceptors which can travel up to 2.5 times the speed of sound guided by the ground-based radar towards the target. Nose-embedded sensors take over when the target is in range and deliver a thirty-five-pound warhead into the oncoming rocket just before impact. To understand more about the Iron Dome read here.

However, born-again Christians have more than an Iron Dome for a defence system to intercept missiles, mortar shells, and rockets — all fiery weapons from the enemy’s battalion. You may not know it but your faith and mine have intercepted innumerable of satan’s weapons.

“Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

Ephesians 6:16.

We’re going to quench all the fiery darts from the enemy’s camp by putting on (applying) faith.

The battles of a believer are not physical but spiritual. They are not won by putting on physical armour made by man’s hands like the Iron Dome or the one Saul offered David. Yet, David said, “I can’t use it because I have not tested it.” It can fail and disappoint.

“Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.”

1 Samuel 17:49.

David’s confidence to face mighty Goliath wasn’t based on military ability and experience, nor did he need sophisticated weaponry. He only needed God in the fore, plus a stone in a sling to smash a robust giant to death.

It took faith for a young boy named David to face and slay the mighty Philistine giant called Goliath.

Faith is what we need to defeat the mighty giants we’re facing in life.

God’s armour has been tested from the beginning through all generations. Hebrews chapter 11 says it all. Faith is God’s armour, not man’s and it perfectly fits all believers in Jesus who put it on. It is available to all Christians regardless of their social standing, age, education, or financial status… It doesn’t require technology to put it on.

Consider the Israelites in Exodus 14:10-15. They had reached a place of utter hopelessness and despair.

Behind, Pharaoh’s fierce army was following in an unstoppable fury. In front of them, the Red sea was an impenetrable barrier waiting to swallow them alive. Fear stricken, they cried to Moses, and Moses cried to God. See what God told Moses.

“And the Lord said to Moses, why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to move forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry land.”

Exodus 14:15-16.

Faith is exercising authority over the situation you’re facing. It is facing the mountain and telling it face-on, “you mountain, you’re not going to block my way, you’re not bigger than my God. Mountain, you are not bigger than I am.”

Faith is telling the giant that you have the same measure of authority as Jesus. It is believing that Jesus lives in you and you in Him. Faith is acknowledging that no authority is left to the devil and his cohorts. (Matthew 28:18).

When you understand the measure of authority you have, you’ll be scared of nothing. You’ll not be running from things that can not harm you.

Maybe you are fighting a spiritual battle and defiant Goliath is blocking your pathway so you cannot move forward. Remember that you cannot win by yourself or by human efforts. Put on God’s armour that has been tested. The Iron Dome can fail, and human weapons can fail, but faith is a shield that cannot fail. Amen.

Keep the faith.

Faith opens unforeseen doors

“But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

Ruth 1:16–17.

These strong words of faith are from a woman who has lost virtually everything. It is interesting how she commits to follow Naomi, her mother in law who has also lost her husband and two sons.

These women are in a dire situation. Looking at it with natural eyes can lead to despair, worry, or depression. That’s why Orpah makes up her mind and goes back after Naomi entreats them to do so.

However, Ruth sees the situation with the eyes of faith and her decision to follow the old woman, Naomi, and serve her transforms her life completely. When all doors seem to have closed, God opens new ones to her.

  • She gets work in a foreign country by God’s grace. (Without an interview)
  • God connects her with new friends in a foreign country.
  • She gets a new husband.
  • She bears a child who would become part of Jesus’s ancestry.

Once you take a step of faith, God moves supernaturally and a string of unforeseen incidents begin to unfold — financial support, material assistance, new connections, favour etc.

Every day we have to choose to walk by faith but not by sight. Sight will show us impossibilities, and doesn’t always line up with the truth. The truth is that no situation is bigger than our God because with Him all things are possible. Amen.

Keep the faith.

We ought to obey God rather than men

“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5:29.

We often encounter situations in which we’re torn between obeying men and God. Our parents, leaders, mentors, employers… might demand that we do things that are contrary to God’s will. Should we obey them because God says we obey every authority? We can glean great lessons from Acts chapter 5.

After the apostles were warned to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, they preached the more. Even when they were put in prison and an angel of the Lord miraculously rescued them and instructed them to go and preach in the temple, they obeyed.

Like the apostles, when we are torn between the two voices, God’s voice and man’s voice, we ought to obey God who called us, instead of obeying men who can mislead us. Obedience to God’s instructions brings a way out of horrible situations. Don’t look at the current situation but the end result. Because nothing can stop God’s purpose for us.

What about disobedience? Disobedience to God’s instructions has dire consequences. One person who disobeyed God is Saul, only to face drastic consequences.

“Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.” But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

1 Samuel 15:24-26.

As servants of God, we should choose obeying God instead of doing things to please people. If we compromise God’s word to gain people’s approval, we’re going to miss out on what God intends to do through us and for us. May we desire to always obey God rather than men. Amen.

Keep the faith.