A New Hope

My soul still remembers
And sinks within me.
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.

-Lamentations 3:20-25

 

I am so thankful that the Lord has brought me into a new season—a season of hope and joy!  But it did not come easy.  It came after a long hard lesson of humility—a 9 month long lesson of humility.  I moved with my wife to Georgia from California back in January with big plans.  It didn’t take long to realize that these big plans weren’t the real plan at all.  The real plan was of God to teach us humility.  The real plan was to become broken beyond the point of fixing myself and to be driven to the point of giving up on my own efforts of self-betterment.  The real plan was to be taught that my only joy in life can come from Jesus.

This season ended up being some of the hardest times mentally and spiritually of my entire life.  This was not my plan.  I am thankful for all of it though, because now I have a deeper dependence on God and live in greater humility.  I am able to be more thankful for the new grace He grants us every morning.   I am able to walk in closer fellowship with Christ being equally yoked to Him.  I can now truly say the Lord is my portion!

If I had to put one word to this entire season it would be “humbled.”  If I had to choose one scripture it would be Philippians 3:8-9.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.

I asked my wife what her one word and bible verse would be and she said “appreciative” with her verse being Matthew 6:33.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The Lord has told me my time in the wilderness is over.  It’s time for another new season!  God has called us back to California but this time I go with no “plans,” at least not of my own.  I really don’t know what the Lord has for us there but I know it will be good wherever we end up because He will be with us.

If you’re going through a time of hardship whether it be financially, emotionally, physical, stressful or spiritual please know that you can trust in the Lord.  God is on an eternal time clock and things don’t always make sense to us at the time of our circumstances, but God is faithful!  You can trust Him that He will work out all things for good to those who love Him.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:4

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9 thoughts on “A New Hope

  1. admin

    So often, God has us moving one step at a time. All we know is that we can trust him with the outcome. On the journey, we learn to depend more on him than ourselves and he shines through us in greater measure. Abundant blessings abound as you move to California!

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  2. nopew

    I am deeply moved by your post. It humbles me that through technology I can be a part of your story (having started reading your blog four months ago). When God says that no rivals will be tolerated, not even ourselves (!), it’s serious. I lift up 1 Peter 5:6 (“Be humbled by God’s power so that when the right time comes he will honor you.” God’s Word) for you, that part B will be next, since Part A is where you have been.

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  3. ginrich

    You have experienced James1 and learned and grew. More trials will come your way but now tou know their purpose. Keep sharing where God leads you. It’s an exciting and abundant life when we let God do the leading

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