Resting In Hope

Dani Beth Crosby, Family and Communications Minister
Out of the depths I call to you, Lord! Lord, listen to my voice;
let your ears be attentive
to my cry for help.
Lord, if you kept an account of iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord; I wait
and put my hope in his word.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning—
more than watchmen for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord.
For there is faithful love with the Lord,
and with him is redemption in abundance.
And he will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
What do you do when you find yourself in a foreign country during a global pandemic? I am so very grateful for the trip to Israel this past March. When you plan to travel to the Holy Land you expect to have some “aha!” moments. I didn’t expect for one of those moments to be inside my hotel room, however. Each morning I would wake up and immediately check my phone, knowing that as I slept the world was changing. I would read news alerts and messages from the other group leaders. There was so much uncertainty and I was overwhelmed. We would start the day over a delicious Israeli breakfast while discussing what we should do—should we head to the airport or continue on with our trip? Each day felt like it started in total chaos, but we would continue on in faith and by lunch I would find myself entering into Sabbath rest. By about the fourth day, I began to wake up differently. I knew the world was still in chaos, but I also knew God’s rest was waiting for me in the middle of the chaos. There were many things out of my control, but my hope was in God. Settling into the rhythm of Sabbath rest for the remainder of the trip, I found myself in awe of God’s goodness again and again.
Faith-rooted hope is established on the unchanging, eternal character of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Because He is unchanging, we can always call out to Him—in our distress, in our worry, in our joy. Our thoughts and emotions change throughout the day, but He does not. He is steady. His Word is truth, and we are sanctified by His truth. It is a light to our path. As we surrender control to Him, trusting in Him as we wait, we will find rest. We have hope in His forgiveness. We have hope in His nearness. We have hope in His faithful love. We have hope in His abundant redemption. “Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” (Psalm 116:7) He has been good. He is good. He will always be good. This is our hope. May you take delight in resting in the hope of God this season.
Hebrews 4:9-11; John 17:17; Psalm 119:105