30 AUG

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

LOST HOPE?

Genesis 15:1

 
Father Abraham is often put out there as a great example of faith, and rightly so. He was no spring chicken when he heard God speak to him, but he quickly got with God’s programme and was obedient. After all, God said, ‘All the families on earth will be blessed through you’ (Genesis 12:3 NLT). That’s quite a statement!
Maybe you feel like God’s not interested anymore. Maybe you’re thinking, ‘Did I hear you wrong, God?’ Perhaps you’ve posted an ‘out-of-bounds’ sign on some dreams you once had, or hopes you had for your future. Before shutting off from God, check how your own attitude lines up. Here are a few thoughts on breathing life back into lost hopes:
 
1) Don’t be too narrowly idealistic. Going to God with a shopping list of wants isn’t what prayer is all about. Assuming things will pan out one way then throwing a hissy fit when they turn out another might be the eventual outcome of that attitude. Know that He is always close to you no matter what way things turn out.
 
2) Keep dreaming. Every day brings new possibilities, so don’t close yourself off from new stuff just because it doesn’t fit with your plan. 3) Thank God for the little successes, even if they’re baby steps. 4) Grow your hope! And as it grows, ask God to enlarge your heart to become more like Jesus.
 
What now?
 
Read Jeremiah 29:11–14 and let God affirm his parental care for you. Thank him for your journey so far and pray you’ll stick close to Him in the future. 

Genesis 15:1

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