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Hope


In recent days I have been challenged by where I put my hope and my security. If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have confidently said that I have my hope in Christ alone. In fact I thought I might have been doing a lot better than I was in the past or compared to other people. However the past few days have been extremely confronting for me. As I reflected on my life, I realised I had my hopes and my security invested in other things. I am far from perfect.


As my business launch date draws closer week by week, I find myself comparing my progress with other businesses. Another thing on my mind has been my upcoming driving test. I feel extreme pressure to perform well. I feel the need to not waste another $58 to sit another test. I also find myself comparing my life with other people, wondering if I’ll ever get to travel as much as my friends do, and have homes as fancy as theirs. These feelings of worry and wanting to have an extravagant life show that I can often find my hope and identity in other things than God without even realising. I am not defined by my success in business. My worth is not based on my driving skills. Saving money and travelling should not be my heart’s deepest desires. I am to long after God alone.


Maybe there’s something in your life that you’re putting your hope in other than God. Perhaps it’s travel, marriage, success or children. Or maybe you think you’re doing well and you can’t really think of anything at this stage. May I encourage us to pray to God and ask Him to reveal to us, what are hearts are longing after. Whatever it maybe, my prayer is that as the Lord reveals to us our deepest desires, hopes and securities, that we will humbly turn away from those things and run back to our Lord.


“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that I have an everlasting hope, and one that never fails. Please reveal to me, my heart’s hopes and desires, and help me to run back to you. Strengthen me to have my hope in You alone.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

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