Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Daily Devotional
Day 29 - Hope/Part 2
In Psalm 23 we read:
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
But In Psalm 22 just a chapter before we read:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax; it is melted within my chest;
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet[b]—
I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me;
they divide my garments among them,and for my clothing they cast lots.
That same conflict, that same story of hope and hopelessness were alive in David.
This book is filled with those stories and the list is so extensive that we wouldn’t have time to scratch the surface in a single blog! That conflict exists inside of me, and inside of you. You’re not alone. So what do we do to survive, how do we keep hope alive, keep the flame of hope burning?
Knowledge... Action. Say it out loud... Let's talk about that.
Now pretend with me for a moment that we’re gonna learn how to make a fire. Let’s say, hypothetically, Mark decided that this winter we’re gonna do a survival camp in the Yukon in Canada with negative temperatures, wind, snow, and weather in which you cannot survive without fire or warmth. So Mark says," Okay everyone, go online and get Fire Certified." So you do just that; you take the online multiple choice test and hey look, you passed, great job!
They send you a framed certificate signed by the president of the DeVry Institute of Fire and Technology .edu. adorned with a gold stamp they bought at Michael’s. You hang it on your wall declaring that you are a Certified Fire Builder.
The time for camp comes and you’re so excited! You get Heli-dropped into the Yukon and, believe it or not, you are stuck in the worst blizzard they’ve ever seen on record. You are gonna die most certainly if you don’t build a fire.
You’ve got all the knowledge and the gear but you just sit there. Because you didn’t take action with what you knew, you die!
So what would have happened if you'd taken action,? A fire to tend and possibly survival. There’s a big difference between knowledge and action.
Now you know that you can survive the desert because of two reasons: it’s a growing place and you’re not alone. And you’re gonna make the decision to choose hope, to base your relationship with Jesus on what you know and not what you feel. To walk and grow and mature. To seek His face not His hand. To grow in the distance you experience. To have the knowledge and then action to keep the flame alive. Choose Hope!
ACTION STEP: Maybe your life looks a little bit like Psalm 22 right now, but Psalm 23 is coming! Take a moment to intentionally choose HOPE in a situation that feels or looks hopeless.