When we are low, we don’t need lectures. There’s no need to point out the obvious. Instead, we need help and, especially, hope. And that’s what God provides us no matter how badly we have messed up. With God, there’s always hope. And then some. God gives hope upon hope.
We can’t say the same about our enemy. Because his goal is to kill and destroy. When we’ve messed up, our enemy is more than happy to tell us just that. He readily points out how this was the last straw and how there’s no hope left for us. Our enemy wants to kill any spark of hope we still have. And he does that by lying. Do not be fooled. Instead, turn to God. You will be blessed.
However, when you’ve messed up, God is not going sugar-coat it. He calls you to repent. Because that’s the only way that will bless you in the long run. God wants to offer you help, he has plenty of grace to share. He wants to wash you squeaky-clean and show you a way forward. God gives hope upon hope. And then some.
God gives hope upon hope
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11, AMP)
We have an awesome God who wants what’s best for us. Repenting is not fun but it cleanses us and gives us a new start. We can always – no matter how badly we have messed up – turn to God and he will help us. So do not despair. There’s always hope.
Christian hope is not wishful thinking but everlasting hope that will not let us down. And we don’t get just a little bit of hope. God gives hope upon hope, more hope than we will ever need. So let’s embrace it and live in it. And let’s rejoice!
Thank you that you never want the best for us.
Hence you call us to repent when we need it.
Forgive our sins, Lord.
Thank you for always showing us a way forward,
giving us hope upon hope.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Have you noticed the difference between our Lord’s and our enemy’s way to deal with our sins? It is a difference between life and death. Choose wisely!
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you pass on our enemy – deceit, lies