Daily Devotion: Hope in Crisis

“No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.” – Psalm 33:16-19

A modern western take on verse 16 could be “No businessman is saved by the size of his bank account, no athlete is saved by their great skill. Assets are a vain hope for deliverance, despite all their value they cannot save.” Anything we trust in could be placed in this verse, skills, smarts, insurance, medicine, job, parents, spouse, etc.

At times is may appear like any of those things are the source of our temporary salvation from circumstances. However, all things are from God. He may choose to use medical insurance to cover our hospital bills or something of that nature, but the truth is, it is the Lord that saves. Even for those that do not believe in the Lord or even actively hate Him.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:43-45

God’s grace extends to both the righteous and the unrighteous. Whether that grace leads them to eventually come to Christ or not, the Lord is still gracious. It is true that unless someone comes to Christ they will not receive ultimate grace, but God is still the sustainer and provider of their life.

Where is our hope in time of crisis? Do we look to our savings or insurance to come through? Do we hope in our ability to figure it out or “make something happen”? Are we made hopeless by the lack of resources we have to address an issue? Whether the problem is physical, relational, emotional, financial or spiritual, our hope should be in God. He is the source of all salvation, temporary and eternal.

“We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.” – Psalm 33:20-22

Times of crisis can be God’s grace on us, showing us that we have allowed our hope to be misplaced by trusting in something outside of our Lord. We realize we’ve placed our hope in something other than God when that thing gets taken away and our hope goes with it. God can use those situations to remind us of where our hope truly lies and to lead us back to Him.

God might give us wisdom for the right actions to take, but it is important for us to keep our eyes and our hope in Him. He may also intervene in miraculous fashion. Either one is for the purpose of His glory. Whatever the case may be, our hope must be placed in the right place, the right person, and His “unfailing love”.

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