DayBreaks for 11/06/14 – Eating Twinkies in Hope
From the DayBreaks archive, 11/1/2004:
Job 11:18 (NLT) – You will have courage because you will have hope. You will be protected and will rest in safety.
Psalm 40:11 (NLT) – Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. My only hope is in your unfailing love and faithfulness.
We are all filled with hope for various things. Sometimes it may be for an end to pain, for an easing of the grief that tears the flesh from our bones inside. It may be hope for our children or grandchildren, hope for a career in a certain field, hope for a promotion or recognition for a job well done. We just simply can’t live without hope.
Hope is important, not just because it can move us to take constructive action in our lives and minds, but it also has healing power itself. A study that was done of 122 men who had suffered a heart attack tried looked at the factors that were most important in their longevity after having their attack. One of the factors investigated was their degree of hopefulness and pessimism. Of the 25 most pessimistic men, 21 were dead within 8 years of their first heart attack. Of the 25 most optimistic, only 6 had died in that same time period. Those without hope, or with little of it, had their chance of death increased by more than 300 percent. In fact, the hope/pessimism factor predicted premature death for this group of patients more than any other medical risk factor, including blood pressure, amount of damage to the heart from the initial heart attack, or cholesterol level. The conclusion: it is better to eat Twinkies in hope than to eat broccoli in despair!
Psalm 40:11 puts it rather bluntly: “My only hope is in your unfailing love and faithfulness.” Some may look at that passage and think it is pretty sad – they may even find room in it for despair – the Psalmist only had hope in or for one thing! But look at what it is that he’s hoping in: God’s unfailing love and faithfulness!
What a difference the word “unfailing” makes! That changes everything! I’ve put hopes in many things in my life, and I can honestly say that I’ve been disappointed more often than not. The one thing that has never failed me is God’s unfailing love and faithfulness – even in spite of my weak love and faithlessness.
I have hope – hope that God will break through the hardness of my heart and make me more like Him. Certainty that He loves my children and grandchildren infinitely more than I ever can – and that as I pray for them nightly, God hears my prayers and my hopes for their walk with Him will not be frustrated. I have hope for the sunrise tomorrow, for tomorrow’s sunset – and for whatever God may bring into my life in between those sun-kissed moments.
How’s your hope? Are you a bit on the down side right now? Is it hard to see the stars for all the clouds in your life? Find your hope in Him. And then let’s go eat some Twinkies!
PRAYER: I am so grateful that you are a God who does amazing, impossible things – even in the darkest of times in our lives! Glory to You now and forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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