Daily Devotion on Psalm 71
Text: Psalm 71
Hope makes people do some crazy things.
Hope that an alcoholic and abusive husband will change his ways could cause many women to stay much longer than they should.
Hope that you will be recognized as worthy of a promotion will make many people stick it out at jobs that hate.
Hope that the Lions will someday win a championship has kept me a fan for my whole life.
Like I said, hope makes people do some crazy things.
The dangerous thing about hope is this: When you hope you are completely relying on someone or something else for your happiness. In this world people often learn the hard way that ill-placed hope is a disastrous thing.
What about your hope for life eternal? What about your hope that God will bless you? If hope in God is ill-placed then we all are in for disappointment second to none when we die . . . But we know God better than that. We who have had faith planted in our heats by the Holy Spirit know that our God will not fail us like the rest of the world. With the Psalmist we can boldly say:
“But as for me, I will always have hope…though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again.”
Our hope does not rely on weak human consistency. Our hope is in our perfect God who loved us enough to die for us. We know that our hope in God is well placed. Jesus will come again.
Prayer: Heavenly Father strengthen our faith in you. You are our perfect and loving God. You give us hope in a world that consistently lets us down. Help us to look to you with faith that does not doubt your ability to fulfill your promises to us. Forgive us when we fail to trust your loving plan for us this side of eternity. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.