HOPE In All Circumstances

I waited and waited and waited some more,
    patiently, knowing God would come through for me.
    Then, at last, he bent down and listened to my cry.
He stooped down to lift me out of danger
    from the desolate pit I was in,
    out of the muddy mess I had fallen into.
    Now he’s lifted me up into a firm, secure place
    and steadied me while I walk along his ascending path.
A new song for a new day rises up in me
    every time I think about how he breaks through for me!
    Ecstatic praise pours out of my mouth until
    everyone hears how God has set me free.
    Many will see his miracles;
    they’ll stand in awe of God and fall in love with him!
Blessing after blessing comes to those who love and trust the Lord.
    They will not fall away,
    for they refuse to listen to the lies of the proud.
O Lord, our God, no one can compare with you.
    Such wonderful works and miracles are all found with you!
    And you think of us all the time
    with your countless expressions of love—
    far exceeding our expectations!

Psalm 40: 1-5 The Passion Translation

 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

Romans 4:19-25 The Message