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Sunday, December 30

Hope-filled Hardship

Today's reading: Psalm 129:1-8

Psalm 129 speaks of great hardship and suffering being experienced by Israel ("'The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows'" [vs. 3]). Yet in the middle of affliction and adversity, we see the proclamation of God's righteousness paired with a hope-filled calling out to a sovereign, loving and faithful God.

More often than not, our earthly circumstances will bring us face-to-face with hardship and trials. And when we find ourselves "greatly afflicted" what a comfort it is to know that God is in control, He is always and forever good and faithful, and we can confidently place our hope in Him.

How does looking back and remembering how God has provided for and protected you in the past help you when you encounter hardship? Is it your practice to have candid conversations with God about your difficult circumstances? Why and/or how is this important and helpful? Tami

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