Monday, July 11, 2011

The Crazzies- Hope

Yesterday I shared a message about the life of Jonah. In this crazy pill story we see a man that was at the end & had seemingly lost hope. The reality of the situation is that it was His own disobedience to God's Word that caused his life to fall apart. Jonah was in the belly of a large fish pondering how he had gotten there. At that moment, he did something that each & every one of us need to do, he looked to God.
We need to remember that when things don’t look good, we should always LOOK to God. Wherever you may be or whatever you may be going through, you can call out to the God of hope. Jonah 2:1-2,10 says, “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. 2 He said, ‘I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me...’." God is a God that answers us! (Jeremiah 33:3) The Apostle Paul refers to God as the 'God of hope.' In Romans 15:13 he says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Greek word for "hope" is elpo meaning "to look forward to with pleasurable confidence and expectation."
So whether you're in the belly of a large fish or in the midst of discouragement, bankruptcy, difficulty or divorce, you can look forward in life with pleasurable confidence and expectation!
Right now, call out to God & let Him fill your life with hope!