“Hope” means “the confident expectation of good”.
In this most difficult time, God wants to encourage His people to Hope. We are to have his perspective on everything, and refuse to agree with darkness, in any way.
We are not to speak what the world around us is speaking; but instead speak what His Word declares.
Yes, we are facing some difficult challenges, however, God is with us.
As The Holy Spirit spoke so long ago; the things of this world no longer matter, they are quickly passing away, and we are to take cover in Him, seek Him and hide ourselves in Him.
Nothing else matters, in light of Eternity, we are to seek God with our whole heart,and hide ourselves under the shelter of His Wings.
He is our hiding place, our shield. So, although the things of this world no longer matter and they are quickly passing away, we are yet in this world, and need to survive the difficulties arising.
However, our help comes from The LORD, and we are to put our trust in Him, and not partake of the things of this world.
God is our refuge our strength,our Hope and our shield. He will lead, guide, protect, and provide for us, as we trust Him.
God has shown this to be a time of great change, transition, and transformation, as He used the analogy of the Caterpillar/ Butterfly, and the “Metamorphosis process” to emphasize the depth of what He is requiring of us, as His body; at this time.
It is a “death and life” process;as we are to completely die to self,and become like the Butterfly; as it is, completely transformed, from a Caterpillar into something beautiful.Complete transformation into His Image, is what God is requiring of us, at this time.
He is requiring us to let go of all that is holding us back, preventing our becoming all He has created us to be, so we can be free to do all He has purposed for us to accomplish.
He loves us entirely, and desires only good for us. So we are to discard these earthly, fleshy suits; and
clothe ourselves in His Heavenly attire, as we arise and ascend, into that place He has prepared for us.
In the “Secret Place” with Him, He is waiting to meet every need.
“We put our hope in The LORD. He is our help, and our shield.In him our heart rejoices, for we put our
trust in his holy name.” (Psalm 33:20-21)
Hope and blessings to all!
~ L. Ricks
Materials used by kind permission of the original author.