July 24

I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my
God will hear me. Micah 7:7

Hope does not disappoint us. Romans 5:5

Hope, what is it? Maybe just some wishful thinking like we hope for a weekend with nice weather. We hope our team will win the game. These may or may not occur, but are not quite the kind of hope our verses refer to. Think about immigrant families, traveling far from their homes, with hope for a better life, safety for their children, and a chance to live without fear.  Think about times of illness, or job loss, or arguments with those we used to count as friends and family. We then, with Micah, can look to the Lord with hope, trusting in His promises.

Micah is writing at a time of great trouble in Israel. Apparently within families there was discord, a note on verse 6 says the family was disintegrating. This section of chapter 7 is all about Israel’s misery. And it ends with our verse for today; Micah looks to God for salvation, knowing that God will hear him even though it might seem like there is some waiting involved. Keep reading. In chapter 7 as Micah writes about the future rise of Israel and concludes with words of prayer and praise. Although it may take a lot of waiting, or sometimes just a little time, God does hear us.

Similarly in Romans Paul tells us that God will bring peace and joy as our trust and hope in Him is not wasted. The rest of verse 5 states that we will not be disappointed “because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”  We can truly have hope as we put our trust in God knowing that His plan for salvation includes all of us.

There are many hymns written about this wonderful hope, From “Wishing you Hope” by Bill and Gloria Gaither: Verse Three

“Wonderful hope!  Powerful hope!
Who could go on, who could live without hope?
Hope, then, in God who will not disappoint –
As the sun rises; so will your hope!”

Loving God, thank you for scripture that reminds us of who you are and for speaking great promises to our souls. You are faithful, loving, providing, accepting, and so much more. We thank you today for holding your arms open and wanting us to be held by them. Help us to look beyond our restless needs and listen to you as you listen to us. Continue to guide us on your path. Amen.

Chris Gabel