Discovering Hope #16

How are you feeling? Are you fed up with all this Corona virus business? Do you wish it could all go away and life could resume on its way, without masks, social distancing and hand washing? Do you wish the end was in sight as life becomes a slog of the same old, same old?

That’s how many people feel. They are hungry, jobless, and now, in South Africa, where I am writing, all the state schools will close again for a month until the end of August. What happens to those mothers who have managed to hold on to their jobs through it all, but now have small children at home again who need to be cared for? Must they stop working?

What hope is there? My friend, there is hope. Let me tell you about it.

Today I want to share a description of God that I found this morning which gives me hope for the future. It is an obscure verse in a book written by someone called Nahum. Nahum has the distinction of being classed as one of the minor prophets.

So if he is a minor prophet why should we take any notice of him? Because, hidden in his writings is this gem, which I clutched as a life-line today :

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. (Nahum 1:7)

Look at that! God is good! He is a refuge! He cares for those who trust in Him!

Sometimes, even though we may have followed God for many years, like I have had the privilege of doing, we forget these things. And when we do, God cares enough for us to remind us: ‘I am good; I am your shelter; I care for you because you trust in Me.’

And do you know what happens when He says such things to me?

It’s as if a light comes on in my life. Nothing has changed, but everything has changed. My God is good – all the time. My God protects me – every day. My God cares for me – He cares for me – because I trust in Him! And my heart sings a new song. The world brightens. Yes, life is hard, but God is here. Yes, I may have to wear a mask indefinitely, but God is my protection. No, I don’t know what the future holds, how I will cope with this challenge or that, what will happen to my job – will I still have a job? But God, the Creator, the Healer, the Saviour, cares for me – for me – because I trust in Him.

Can you say the same? Do you trust in God? Won’t you say to the Lord today, like the father of the boy did when the disciples could not heal his son ‘I do believe, please help me overcome my unbelief’?

Why don’t you take a step today and ask? What harm can it do?

It may even be the Very Best Thing you have ever done in your life.

It was for me. It can be for you.

Some scriptures to ponder

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

There remains then a Sabbath rest for the people of God. Hebrews 4:9

‘If you can?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ Mark 9:23-24

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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