Hope in the Storms

The saying rings true for all of us.  You are either in the middle of a storm in your life, you are coming out of a storm in your life, or you are about to enter into a storm in your life.  With so much turmoil swirling around us, where do we find hope and peace?  I believe King David gives us several examples of hope in the storms. Continue reading

Chronological Bible Reading – January 10 – My Redeemer Lives!

Today’s Reading: Job 19-21

The pattern we have seen in Job continues in these chapters. Job’s “friends” continue to place the blame for his calamity squarely upon Job’s shoulders.  In response, Job continues to lament his life.  Job 19 contains a powerful declaration from Job.  In the midst of the pain and suffering, questions and persecution from friends, Job declares,

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take his stand on the earth.
Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
My heart faints within me!

Job 19:25-27(NASB)

What an amazing statement in the midst of acknowledging his pain and confusion, Job declares his faith that his Redeemer lives.  It is the same for us. No matter how hard this life becomes circumstantially, we must remember we have a Savior who is alive and well. Jesus is our HOPE!

Rest in Jesus,

Andy

Advent Devotion 20 – Hope for the Hurting at Christmas

Today’s Reading – John 7-9

The ministry of Desiring God (www.desiringgod.org) recently released a video of John Piper reading his poem The Innkeeper.  In the midst of the recent tragedy in Connecticut and the countless other hurts that many experience during the Christmas season, I thought it appropriate to provide this video as an encouraging source of hope.  I pray that each of you are blessed by these words and realize the true source of our hope and healing is found in the completed work of Jesus Christ and His soon coming return to make all things new.

Rest in Jesus,

Andy

Advent Devotion 15 – Advent and the Tragedy of Newtown

Today’s Reading – Luke 13-16

As I sit here this morning, I have the images from yesterday’s tragedy in Newtown, CT running through my mind.  It is early and everyone is asleep except my six year old daughter who sits next to me on the couch as I type this devotion.  I can tell you that in light of yesterday’s events, my daughters are being held tighter today. All of us recognize how dark and depraved our society can be, but events like yesterday’s tragic school shooting where 20 children ages 5-10 lost their lives, remind us just how deep the evil can be.

In the midst of tragedies like Newtown, where do we find hope? Though we cannot fully understand they “why” in situations like this, God gives us tremendous hope through His word in times like this.  The following is an adaptation of John Piper’s article following the 9/11 tragedy.  His original article can be found here. Continue reading

New Year, New Beginnings with Christ

New Years Day brings hope for so many. No matter how bad 2011 may have been, most people look at January 1, 2012 as an opportunity for fresh starts and new beginnings. The reality is that no matter what the date on the calendar says, each of us has an opportunity for a fresh start every day…in fact, no matter how well we feel our life is going, we NEED a fresh start each day.

Lamentations 3:22-24 – The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

You see, our hope for a new year and a better tomorrow doesn’t come from a resolution to eat better, or even to become more consistent in a spritiual discipline like prayer or bible reading. All of these things can be beneficial, but ultimately we all need a fresh dose of the mercy and grace of God, and Lamentations tells us that this mercy and love is freely given to us and will never come to an end.

So, as you begin 2012, don’t attempt to find hope in making yourself a better person by trying harder. The only way your 2012 will be better is with more Jesus. Enjoy the fresh and new love and mercy that God has for you this morning and recognize “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in Him”! When this happens, there is no limit to what God can do in and through your life in 2012.

Rest in Jesus!