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This Week: Dreams
THURSDAY — Be Grateful and Hopeful
Big Point: God can be trusted to keep His promises!
Does hope make a difference? Yes, it does! Philip Crosbie, in his book “March Till They Die,” gives an account of a forced march that American and European soldiers who had been captured had to endure in Korea. It was November of 1950 and the North Koreans were being pushed north. As they went, they forced the American and European prisoners to go with them. It was a terrible march. They were driven as far as twenty miles a day at times, though it was cold and they were emaciated, hungry, and suffering.
When prisoners who couldn’t keep up would fall back, shots would ring out. They were executed on the spot. Crosbie and several other Christians would pass close to the GI’s who were having a hard time keeping up. They would say slowly in a whisper, so as not to be heard, “God is near us in this dark hour. His love is real. His mercy is real. His forgiveness is real. His reward is waiting for us…” (excerpt taken from sermoncentral.com)
If it had not been for that hope, many more soldiers would have died. They were literally marching through the valley of the shadow of death, but they were trusting in God to lead them through it. One of the most important things you can do when faced with a broken dream is to remember God’s promises to those who draw close to Him. Our hope isn’t in ourselves or in our circumstances, but our hope is in a God who loves and cares for each one of us.
(New Living Translation)
23 Let us hold tightly without
wavering to the hope we affirm,
for God can be trusted to
keep his promise
READ…What does the Bible say?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New Living Translation)
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 3:6 (New Living Translation)
6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.
THINK…Find the answers
According to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, what is God’s will for those who belong to Christ? How does being joyful and thankful in all circumstances help us to live out God’s will for our lives?
Where must we put our confidence if we wish to be considered “God’s house”, according to Hebrews 3:6? Define the “hope” referred to in Hebrews 3:6 and Hebrews 10:23.
LIVE…What will you do now?
The Christian prisoners in today’s story whispered pertinent words of encouragement and hope to those struggling in a literal death march. We all face times of struggle in this life. We can best prepare ourselves by knowing and trusting in God and His Word. Check out Psalm 18 and Psalm 28. What kind of hope and encouragement can you draw from those two passages of scripture for today?
Sometimes its helpful to have a verse to mediate on (think about). Look through this week’s study and select a verse to think about for the rest of the day. At the end of the day, reflect on God’s promises and how they can change your attitude and outlook.
Look for MORE promises in the Bible!
You can search online http://www.biblegateway.com using the keyword “hope” —there are over 150 verses in the Bible about hope!
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Talk with God about reasons you may struggle with a grateful heart. Ask Him to lead you to a new hope in Jesus Christ.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress,
and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom
I find protection.
He is my shield, the power
that saves me,
and my place of safety.
God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises
He is a shield for all who
look to him for protection.
The Lord is my strength and
shield. I trust him with all
my heart. He helps me, and
my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: 2 Kings 21-25
21:3 “high places…altars…” Manasseh reversed the reforms of his father, King Hezekiah, reestablishing the worship of Baal as an official state sanctioned religion .
21:15 “provoked Me to anger…” The history of God’s people, Israel, was of disobedience toward the Lord. With the reign of Manasseh, the sin of God’s people climaxed . God’s patience was withdrawn, and the judgment of exile became inevitable .
22:1 “thirty-one years…” Josiah became King and ruled for thirty-one years. He was the last good king in the Davidic line.
22:11 “tore his robes…” Josiah’s reaction at the reading of the law was one of immediate contrition, expressed by the common sign of lamentation and grief. Josiah’s grief sprang from his country’s guilt and God’s punishment.
22:15-20 Huldah gave God’s message to Josiah through his messengers. First, the Lord confirmed to Josiah that He was surely going to bring His judgment upon Jerusalem because of her idolatry. Second, the Lord’s personal word to Josiah was that he would die “in peace”, meaning that he would escape the horrors in store for Jerusalem.
23:25 “no king like him…” Of all of the kings in David’s line, including David himself, no king more closely approximated the royal idea laid out in Deuteronomy 17 than Josiah. Yet, even Josiah fell short of complete obedience because he had multiple wives. However, even this righteous king could not turn away the Lord’s wrath because of Manasseh’s sin.