Imagine if you got a message from a reliable source that the problem you’re facing would be gone soon. Recently, I went to a doctor who told me, “I think this will clear up in a few weeks. I don’t think you should be concerned; in time I think you will get better.” His optimism was refreshing as I had some fears and the outcome seemed uncertain. He gave me hope and it began to be effective upon my attitude, mentally and emotionally, perhaps physically. Hope is something you receive, it’s not something you work up, although you can always have hope by faith in God.
Joyce Meyer wrote a book entitled, “Battlefield of the Mind,” addressing conflicting thoughts brought about by uncertainty in our mind. Believers know God’s Word or portions thereof, but we live in an uncertain fallen world full of difficulties and hardship. Sometimes oppression or depression can overtake us when things are OK, it’s like a dark cloud hiding the light and filling us with foreboding, doubt, regret, fear or any manner of negativity. No one is immune to this on some level. King David wrestled with it as detailed in his Psalms. God’s Word, promise, past mercies, and Hope was his antidote. Hope is so powerful it can drive the dark clouds away, ushering in sun rays of peace, rest and reassurance. This is a mark of our frailty and weakness, but also the potential hidden within our reservoir of God space.
You’ve probably heard the concept of a God shaped hole within every person, which we try to fill with everything that will not fit or satisfy. Instead, perhaps that space within is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit – our innermost being, the throne of self. When Holy Spirit occupies that throne, never intended for self, all things become possible. The all surpassing power, potential, and shekhinah Glory of His presence are available. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Cor. 4:7-10) The will and reality of God are not like the workings of the world, our weakness, humility, and suffering can accomplish His will just as our deliverance and promotion may. (Daniel 3:16-30; Esther; Joseph; Stephen) When you long for His presence and/or hope from His throne of grace and mercy, there is a fountain available in Yeshua, Messiah. Let’s return to Him that healing may come. (Malachi 4:2)