PJ’s Daily Devotional for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Have you ever been swept up in a storm of hopelessness?
Are you in that storm right now?
Spend a moment and just rest in this passage of Scripture from Hebrews 6:13-20, “For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
I can think of two times in the last 20 years where I was swept up in that storm of hopelessness. And as I look back on the storm of 1997 and on the storm of 2015, I see Jesus was right there in the boat with me. Jesus is right there in the center of our storms and He does not look too distracted or distraught by our storm!
He’s made a promise to you: call on Him right now! God does not break His promises like a person would; He is unchanging in His love and unwavering in His promise. Call on Him!
These storms are hard, but they are necessary. These storms properly diagnose us as having misplaced our hope in something other than Jesus Christ. Whether we put our hope in ourselves and our powerfulness, or we put our hope in a spouse or children or a job or _______, we will surely find our lives rocked when that person or thing lets us down.
Do you find yourself in a storm right now?
Turn your eyes on the hope that can only come from Jesus Christ. He is the hope of this life and the next; it is only through Him that we can find peace of mind and rest for our souls. He’s right there…waiting for you to recognize His presence.
Remember the storms of your life serve a purpose. That doesn’t make them attractive or desirable, but when you know there is One in the boat who can calm the storm, why not call on Him?
What’s stopping you from calling out to Jesus so that His hope can be an anchor to your soul?