5. Expect the Unexpected Turn-Around
In just about any story in the Bible, there is a story of someone who feels like their situation is hopeless and then God comes in with a glorious hope and promise, and through ups and downs and twists and turns He remains faithful to them all. There are even examples where there is not a specific hope promised, but the hope that He will come through nevertheless. This is evident in the life of Ruth.
Ruth had been married for some time and lived with her husband and his family. Suddenly her husband, her brother-in-law, and father-in-law all perish leaving Ruth, her mother-in-law, Naomi, and sister-in-law all widows. Naomi felt completely hopeless and suggested the young women return to their father’s homes. Ruth was not given a specific promise from what we are told in Scripture, but she rests in the hope that the Lord will see her through despite her circumstances and she remains in her commitment to Naomi’s family. Despite all that it looked in the natural, God was working on her behalf the entire time. Her enduring hope would play out in an unexpected twist of her meeting a handsome and generous fellow, Boaz. Because Ruth stood in faith and dared to hope that God would come through for her life, she found herself at the exact place at the exact time to meet Boaz and go on to live a happy life with a loving future.
Even when circumstances seem near impossible to change, we can rest in the hope that God is working on our behalf. God has a plan, and it is good. An unexpected turn around may be just around the corner.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Hope in itself is the catalyst for victory. Abiding in hope means that you are choosing to abide and trust that God Himself will work all things, not just some, for the good of those who love Him, and for His purposes and glory. In times where everything appears to be completely hopeless, we can confidently stand in the security that He is not finished working. We can seek His face for guidance and encouragement, we can list out His victories in the past, we can listen to the stories of those who have gone ahead of us in similar journeys, we can wait in the presence of the Lord, and we can expect the unexpected blessing and works of God. The Lord works on your behalf for His best, so seek His heart and never lose the lifeline of hope.
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