Where Does Our Hope Come From? By Lisa Burkhardt Worley

It’s easy to lose hope in a COVID-ravaged world. I just found out my daughter-in-law’s aunt passed away because of this merciless disease. Wasn’t it just two years ago that I met her at my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding? I also have a friend who lost her beloved husband recently due to COVID.

Where does my hope come from?

Then there’s the world scenario.  A 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti that, according to NBC news, has claimed over 1400 lives. Over 37,000 homes destroyed.

Where does their hope come from?

We continue to receive reports on the Taliban’s take over in Afghanistan. According to the New York Times, the United Nations secretary general, Antonio Guterres, says that his organization was “receiving chilling reports of severe restrictions on human rights.” In particular, those violations appear to be against women and girls in Afghanistan.

Where does hope come from?

For the answer we have to go to Psalm 62. “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken(Psalm 62:5–6, NIV).

There is no other place to find hope.

If you are feeling an undercurrent of pressure due to world events right now, ask the God of hope to lift your countenance during trying times. Pray for the LORD to work good out of all of these disastrous scenarios—because that’s His specialty—and do what you can to help. Pray for a turnabout in Afghanistan. Send financial help to Haiti if you have the means. Encourage someone with COVID through an email or an e-card. Be the hands and feet of Jesus because He is our hope.

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