A Ray of Hope

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint

There are times in our lives in which we find ourselves tired and weary. It could be from working in our job or in the ministry. Raising our family along with job and ministry. Sometimes it comes from the affairs of life. Maybe there’s been a death or an illness, and we become weary in life. And in those times some can lose hope. We sometimes lose hope in not seeing our dreams come to pass. Or maybe we haven’t been able to complete what we believe we are to do in life. We can lose hope when we don’t see things accomplished or finished. But there is a RAY OF HOPE. There is something that draws us back to hope. There is something that gives us our time of refreshing, a time of being reminded of what we know about our God and that He is with us and He never forsakes us.

Isaiah 40:29 says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Notice it says HE gives us strength. And HE increases the power of the weak. He doesn’t actually strengthen us but He gives us the strength to do it. He doesn’t increase us but He increases the power for us to do it.

Now let’s look at how He does this:

Ps 119:81 says, My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.”

First of all, we need to understand where weariness is.  It says “MY SOUL FAINTS.”

Your soul is your mind, will, and emotions. It is what you think in your head. But God doesn’t speak to us or deal with us through our minds. We are a spirit being just as He is so He speaks to us in our spirit.

When we become tired and weary for whatever reason, it is through our mind and our body. We can become physically tired. That is our flesh. We must take care of our body by eating properly and resting.

The same goes for our mind. We must feed it properly and allow it to rest as well. When we become tired and weary, it is through our mind and body. So to feed our mind properly, we must feed it the Word of God.

Romans 8:5-6 tells us that “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

And in John 4:24 it says that “God is spirit,” He speaks to us through the spirit. It is our spirit that must grow strong so that the mind and the body will be strengthened. When we build our spirit up, we can then control our mind and the thoughts that come into it. We must make our minds agree with the Word of God and His promises.

It goes on to say in verses 30 and 31, “Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

There’s no shame in growing tired and weary for even the young do that. They stumble and fall as well, but we, as born again believers, don’t stay on the ground when we stumble and fall. But the Word of God says,

31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.”

So what do we do when we stumble and fall?

We get right back up and how do we do that? WITH HOPE. With the Word of God.  It’s like there is a rope that we can grab to pull us back up out of the ditch of tiredness and hopelessness, and we pull ourselves up with the Word of God.

And where does HOPE reside? Ps 62:5 says that “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

Hope resides in the mind. When things don’t go our way or we are down, that’s when we reach into the spirit that is hooked up with the Spirit of God, and He gives us everything we need to build our hope back up. Remember I said earlier that God is spirit and we are a spirit so God communicates to us through our spirit. We are to build our spirit up through the Word of God and then our mind will be reminded of the hope that we have. Our HOPE IS IN THE LORD!

For those whose HOPE in the Lord. What do we Hope for? I’m glad you asked.

WE HOPE:

  • that we will never be put to shame – Ps 25:3
  • that He richly provides for us – I Tim 6:17
  • that we will have sufficient courage to exalt Christ in our body – Phil 1:20
  • that He will guide us – Ps 25:5
  • for the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ – Titus 2:13
  • that integrity and uprightness protect us – Ps 25:21
  • that He is our help and shield – Ps 33:20
  • that we will inherit the land – Ps 37:9
    • for His precious promises so that we can escape the corruption in the world – 2 Pet 1:4
    • Ps 85:8 – for the promise of peace to his people
    • that our soul will find rest in Him – Ps 62:5
    • for His unfailing love and full redemption – Ps 130:7
    • for our strength to be renewed – Isaiah 40:31
    • for the resurrection of the dead – Acts 24:15
    • for the power of the Holy Ghost to overflow – Rom 15:13
    • for eternal life which He promised before the beginning of time – Titus 1:2
    • for His promises to be fulfilled in our lives Joshua 23:14that we will not be disgraced – Ps 69:6

 

Heb 6:19 – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

As we look to the rayof hope offered by our God through His Word, this says that it is the anchor for our soul. When the storms of life want to blow us around, knock us off our feet, it says here that we have this hope as an anchor for the soul.

This is when we dig deep into our spirit where God is living and pull out what we know of God’s promises to us. And bring our SOUL, which is mind, will, and emotions back into the will of God, which says that we have the hope of glory.

Get into the Word of God and build up your faith and hope in your Lord.  The scriptures listed above are all scriptures on HOPE.  Take a few of these and write them down on post it notes or index cards and post them all over your house.  Read them out loud every time you see one and let them get into your mind where hope resides.  Your hope will ignite and your faith will grow because it says in Romans that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  So as your faith grows in  your spirit, and your hope grows in your mind, you will be able to put your flesh down and walk in the way the Lord has designed you to walk.