Today's Scripture Sauce adds a big dash of hope. 🌤️ Apply it upon your plate of anxieties…
Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.
Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.
In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
Psalm 119:49-55 (NIV)
Hope. Comfort. Ahhh…what a refreshing aftertaste.
The writer’s hope, though, is not rooted in vague promises, self-security, or the influence of others. Instead, they have an intimacy with knowing and walking with God through life’s trials.
If I could offer a math formula for true hope, here it goes… (bear with me)
Knowing God’s word + Living it with Him = Enduring comfort and hope
Our culture offers very different formulas:
- Me + Comfort = All I Need
- Me + My Ideologies = My Truth
- Me + Lots and lots of Netflix = Denial & Self-Soothing (I'm guilty! 😅)
The Bible affirms life is hard, but it challenges us to savor God’s words, to enjoy His commands, and to live them out in obedience.
Imagine never walking through trials with your spouse or close friend…
- Would you feel comfortable in their presence?
- Would you know them well?
Let God’s words be your “theme song” wherever you “lodge” (some translations say “sojourn”). If there’s ever a time where we felt we were wandering, it’s now.
Lean into His true hope and comfort by getting to know His character.
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