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Love Hopes All Things

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Love Hopes All Things

Jessica Forster – Superbook Coordinator/CBN Europe

2020 will go down in History. But I wonder, in 50 years, what will we say about the pandemic? Will it be about how hard it was, how much it affected us for the worst? Or will we be talking about the hope that endured even through the days when all seemed lost?

I would like to think that the year will be noted as one that saw the world rally together, when churches stepped up to fill the gaps in the system – food banks, school lunches, and outdoor worship services. A year when we figured it out and found a way. This was only possible because we had hope. Hope that soon, things would be better. Hope that even when people were grieving and lonely, we could still reach them with the love of God because His hope endures all things. Even when all seems lost, God’s light can still break through:

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

Hope is difficult to define as it is only concerned with the future. And now that we are in 2022, we are in that future. So, what can we take from the last two years and bring forward? That we can do it — whatever the “it” is. Maybe it is stepping into a new area of ministry that you have been thinking about for a while. Maybe it is seeking forgiveness or being the one that forgives. Or perhaps it is simply growing in faith and believing that this year will be one filled with hope.

First Corinthians 13 is the chapter often referred to when we talk about the love that we should strive for in a marriage. It is the instruction manual for how we as Christians should love one another. But what if we were to look at it and remind ourselves that the ultimate “love” is Jesus? That this passage also talks to us about how God loves the world and all who are in it.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

When we read 1 Corinthians 13:7, we get a fresh grasp on how Jesus may have interacted with the season we have been in. If we stop and think that God is the best example of love and even in the darkest of times, God bears all things, God believes all things, God hopes all things, and endures all things. So, must we not then bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things?

Now, I am not saying that we cannot be in despair and pain — Jesus too experienced these emotions. But what I am hoping we get from 2020 is the understanding that in this current year, even though we are still unsure of what is to come, with Jesus we can hope ALL things.  We can hope for a breakthrough. We can hope that the church will continue to be a beacon of light. Through Jesus and with Jesus we can do anything.

So, in 2022, Let us be standing in audacious prayer for all things. Even for the things that in this moment feel completely impossible — because through God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Today’s Devotions

Morning

May 9

1 Samuel 3:10 10The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Little Samuel was raised under Eli in the Tabernacle. His older brothers (Eli’s real sons) were very wicked. The word of the LORD was rare, and there were few visions. One night Samuel heard the Lord call his name but thought it was Eli. This was the first time he had a personal encounter with God. After asking Eli if he called a second and third time, Eli finally realized God was calling Samuel. He told Samuel to ask the LORD to speak, for he was listening.

Do you know that the LORD knows your name? When He calls your name there is a sense of His personal relationship with you. You are not just one of the many but personally known by God. He wants to commune with you personally.

Eli gave Samuel the perfect response. When God calls our name, we need to invite Him to speak to our hearts. We need to present listening ears with respect and reverence. I believe the LORD wants to speak to us more than we are willing to listen. The LORD is seeking out those who will listen.

What He has to say to us is often something we would prefer not to hear. It often shakes our comfort as it did with young Samuel. The LORD was telling Samuel of the impending judgment about to fall on Eli for not restraining his sons from their wickedness. It would be a guiding principle in Samuel’s life. He knew he had a responsibility to act in the restraint of evil.

Consider: When God calls your name, are you willing to listen?

Streams in the Desert – May 9

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Abraham stood yet before the Lord (Gen. 18:22).

The friend of God can plead with Him for others. Perhaps Abraham’s height of faith and friendship seems beyond our little possibilities. Do not be discouraged, Abraham grew; so may we. He went step by step, not by great leaps.

The man whose faith has been deeply tested and who has come off victorious, is the man to whom supreme tests must come. The finest jewels are most carefully cut and polished; the hottest fires try the most precious metal. Abraham would never have been called the Father of the Faithful if he had not been proved to the uttermost.

Read Genesis, twenty-second chapter: “Take thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest.” See him going with a chastened, wistful, yet humbly obedient heart up Moriah’s height, with the idol of his heart beside him about to be sacrificed at the command of God whom he had faithfully loved and served!

What a rebuke to our questionings of God’s dealings with us! Away with all doubting explanations of this stupendous scene! It was an object lesson for the ages. Angels were looking. Shall this man’s faith stand forever for the strength and help of all God’s people? Shall it be known through him that unfaltering faith will always prove the faithfulness of God?

Yes; and when faith has borne victoriously its uttermost test, the angel of the Lord–who? The Lord Jesus, Jehovah, He in whom “all the promises of God are yea and amen”–spoke to him, saying, “Now I know that thou fearest God.” Thou hast trusted me to the uttermost. I will also trust thee; thou shalt ever be My friend, and I will bless thee, and make thee a blessing.

It is always so, and always will be. “They that are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
–Selected

It is no small thing to be on terms of friendship with God.

An Awesome Privilege

From: In Touch Ministries

In Jesus, we have access to the Father’s presence and confidence that He hears our prayers.

May 9, 2022

Hebrews 7:11-28

Prayer is a truly remarkable privilege, and we must be careful to treat it as such. Have you ever paused to consider why a holy God would condescend to even listen to our petitions, let alone answer them? The Lord is so perfect that the smallest hint of sin is incompatible with His presence. Human beings, on the other hand, are inherently sinful. Yet God wants to commune with us, so He made a way for that to be possible.

Before Jesus’ death and resurrection, priests repeatedly offered sacrifices to cover the people’s transgressions. Animal blood, however, never permanently did away with sin. So God sent His Son to be the perfect “once for all time” atoning sacrifice for everyone who trusts in the Savior (Heb. 7:27). Because Jesus Christ paid our entire sin debt with His precious blood, we can now enter into God’s holy presence.

Let’s not underestimate the significance of being able to speak with the Lord. As those who have been forgiven of all sin, we are now welcome to draw close to the Father in prayer because His Son is our permanent high priest, eternally covering us in a veil of His righteousness.

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