The Living Hope

So I’ve been having a couple of grumpy, irritable days. Some of you may have caught a blog I had posted for a short time last night. I later realized it was really just a lot of complaining and I don’t want to spread negativity. I was mostly complaining about negativity on the web and in the world. I then realized I had fallen right into the trap of the enemy—spreading “the complaining virus”. That is the complete opposite purpose behind this blog! So needless to say—I deleted the post.

The fact is though, even as Christians we have our fair share of grumpy days. With me sometimes these moods seem to come out of nowhere as if to have no trigger at all, but I think it’s deeper than that. I think part of it is physical—I need to make sure I am eating, sleeping and exercising properly—and I think part of it is spiritual. In our walk with God I believe a lot of times God is doing “under the hood work” or what is sometimes called pruning. There can be things going on with our spirit that we are not intellectually aware of. Part of this can be from the muck and darkness of the world that invades my spiritual space as I’m out. But a very important lesson I’ve realized is that these “moods” will happen more often when I am not consistently finding alone time in the secret place with God. I have always been somewhat of an introversive person and my latest living situation gives me about zero chance of finding this alone time while at home.

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. –Matthew 4:4

We’ve all heard the lesson before, but if we are not spending time alone with God and getting our dose of God’s word we will not be fully equipped—putting on the full armor of God (Eph 6:11)—to protect ourselves from the darkness in the world.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. –Ephesians 6:12

So today discerning that I had quenched myself of the Spirit I decided to go on a little walk and get some time alone with the Lord. I found a nice little park just a mile away that I had never been to before (that’s where the picture above is from). While lying next to a tree—just myself, my chihuahua and the Lord—I pulled out my Bible app and started reading 1 Peter.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. -1 Peter 1:3

A living hope!

That’s what I needed to hear! Sometimes we get so overwhelmed by what’s going on around us we forget that Jesus is alive and He desires for us to spend time with Him. Spending time with Him blesses us! It refreshes us like a cold glass of water on a hot day. But… not only does it help us, it blesses Him too. Jesus wants you to hang out with Him. It’s a win-win situation. I walked back from that park with a different perspective and in a much better mood.

So the next time you start feeling in a slump try spending some time with the living hope Himself. I promise you won’t regret it. He loves to bless His children!

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears theLord. Psalm 128:4

13 thoughts on “The Living Hope

  1. robin claire

    I Justin, Robin Claire here.
    I just wanted you to know that I finally learned how to stop people from getting e-mails about post changes I make [i’m such a perfectionist!]. If you discontinued reading my blog, please sign back up again if you would. I really want to stay in touch with you and hope that you feel the same way.

    1. Justin Post author

      Hi Robin, I am still following your blog. I signed up to follow through my wordpress reader. I check it often to keep up with the blogs I follow–and this way don’t get my inbox overloaded with email notifications.

  2. nopew

    Glad you explained the missing post; it confused me. May you “park” a lot in your park, wherever your space may be, inside yourself or out. I’m “lucky” because most of my shifts I spend all, or most, of it alone with Jesus. Peace!

  3. robin claire

    Hi Justin,
    I just wanted you to know that when I clicked on the e-mail, for your newest post, I was sent to a site that didn’t have anything on it. It only said; “Well this is embarrassing…” I got this when I tried to start a new site because I’d messed up my old one. Then I went back to my original site because I figured out how to put it back together again. At one point in this messing around, my site also said this [Well, this is embarrassing…]

    Keep writing buddy, I really enjoy you.

  4. robin claire

    Hi Justin,
    I re-wrote the blurb page about who I am and I’d really like you to read it. It’s called “Who Am I?” and it tells more of who I am and a quick synopsis of my life.

  5. johngrandy

    Hey Justin, thanks for commenting on my post ( Your post was a great reminder that we don’t just need to stop being grumpy when we feel that way, but to go to The One who is the source of our strength and joy. In those times with Him, we gain greater perspective and the “spiritual fog” we were living under seems to fade away. Here’s a prayer I love to pray through when I feel like I’m under that fog: The prayer is long but definitely worth praying through!

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