Saturday, July 7, 2012

False Hope

Hope hope hope again and again.

     As I've regained some of my strength this year, I've ventured out a little more.  I can't say it's all been without a little fear of needing to cough.  So on occasions where I thought I might get in a compromised state of breathing, I've put my cough assist machine in the back seat of the van.  Just knowing it was there was a reassuring thought.  On all those situations, I never needed to use it.  Well, the other day I wanted to shop a little after eating and thought I'd feel better if I could cough with the machine.  Thankfully, I wasn't in a desperate situation because the machine wouldn't work.  The inverter wasn't supplying enough power to run it.  So all those times of driving around with reassurance in the back seat was just false hope.  My true reassurance and hope is in the Lord's protection over me.  The blessings we don't even see at the time should be counted along with the one's we do see.
     Are you riding the wave of life with false hope?  Are you counting on your good works, your wealth, or your status in life to save you?  Do you pick and choose to believe the parts of the Bible that you can reason out in your own mind?  These are all forms of false hope. Psalm 25;5  ''Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.'' Psalm 25;21  ''May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you.'' Psalm 31;24  ''Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.''  Our only true hope is our faith in God thru His Son, Jesus Christ.  

    [From] “God has been my shepherd all my life to this day” (Gen. 48:15 NIV). Though clouds surround the present and I do not know what the future may hold, I have the assurance that the Shepherd will show me the way. My task is to follow Him in love and obedience, and trust each step to Him.