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Cemented Hope

I love the song, "Everlasting God" by William Murphy especially the lyrics: "We set our hope on You We set our hope on Your love

We set our hope on the One who is the Everlasting God You are the Everlasting God, You are the Everlasting God"

The word "set" has many meanings but one is to be fixed and made solid. I visualize concrete being set and becoming solid. A bag of cement isn't fully cement until it is mixed with water. It has to be mixed before it is set. Lately it seems like things have been a bit mixed up. Life is far from the norm we are accustomed to living. Yet, in our mixed up emotions, God is still the solidifying factor. I set my hope back into proper position like the "setting of a bone" and it becomes strong. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." My mind is set. It is sound. It is sure. It's unwavering. It's set because my hope is in the One who is the Hope of the world. As long as I make sure He is in the mixed up parts of me -- whether that be my emotions, my thoughts, my relationships-- I know that He will hold me firmly together. He is my ever-present help in the time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You." There it is again-- a fixed mind! It stays on the One who can change everything. I love to personalize this verse as I say it-- "You will keep me in perfect peace, because my mind is stayed on you, because I trust You." God can be trusted even when things are unsure and mixed up! He can be trusted even when we don't understand. I'm continually encouraged by the verse, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Prov 3:5-6) Most times, I don't understand; but mixed up times like this, just make me more sure that my hope is cemented because I trust He is present in the mixture. Let your hope be cemented in the Everlasting God who loves you and is in control.

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