Miqweh Yisrael

You who are the hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night? 

Jeremiah 14:8

Have you ever watched a child during the month of December?  They light up at the thought of Christmas coming.  They hope to get the present that they long for this year.  And then watching the joy on their faces as they open their presents on Christmas morning.  At some point we lose that hope.  We no longer light up when we think of Christmas, we start to dread the holidays and the stress that comes with it.

Hope means to wait or look for with eager expectation.  God should be the focus of our highest hopes. 

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.” 

Blaise Pascal

I love that picture, because we see that playing out all around us.  So many people try to fill their lives with everything except God.  And all around us we see people who are completely miserable and unsatisfied.  That is what happens when we do not place our hope in Jesus. 

Here’s another way to look at it.  I grew up in the church.  My parents taught me about Jesus and they taught me about the way that He wanted us to behave.  I did everything I could to be a good girl.  Obviously I wasn’t perfect, but I was what many would call a “goody two-shoes”.  In fact, as I got older, my parents didn’t really have to discipline me as much, because I was so much harder on myself than they would have been.  I was all about following the rules.

But my rule following didn’t prevent me from becoming a victim of sexual assault.  I struggled for years, blaming myself.  I internalized most of it and wouldn’t even admit what had happened to me.  But truthfully, I lived a completely hopeless few years.  I couldn’t see my way out of the dungeon that I found myself in. 

Eventually I turned my focus back to God where it belonged.  I admitted what had happened and began learning to see the situation as an opportunity to bring glory to God.  I was able to find hope in Him. 

Jesus is Miqweh Israel, the Hope of Israel and our Hope, as well! 

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 

Romans 5:3-5

That verse helps me to see a light in the darkness of my trauma.  Our suffering leads through a process to hope! 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 15:13

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 

Psalm 62:5

Rest in Him.  Keep your focus on Him and He will fill you with hope!

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