Psalm 143:12

And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

Have hope!

I encourage you to read all of Psalm 143 to understand the plea from King David to the Lord. David’s plea is based on a time in his life when he faced adversity.

A month ago, we might have said this sometimes rings true in our life. Now, we all experience adversity as we live with the uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus, as it spreads through the world. Our bodies, minds and souls are under attack, which can lead to the despair.

So, what can we do?  Think, prepare and have hope!

Life’s challenges should move us to think critically and prepare to thrive. The book of Psalms was assembled to be a guide for life and prayer as we grapple with those challenges. So many of them are pleas and laments seeking God’s help in times of trouble. They move from despair to deliverance, leading us to hope.

And that’s what the Lord provides for us today. Hope! God wants us to prosper, and we must turn to the words provided to us to find this hope.

Entering week three of our lockdown, the shock of our new daily activities should subside as they become the daily routine. This is a time for us to reflect on what is most important and then act those priorities.

Take care of yourself.  Think well, eat well and connect with people.  There is no excuse not to call, text or video with someone else.  What a blessing that we have the knowledge, resources and technology to persevere against this physical challenge.

Now, invite the Lord into your life to give your soul peace.

 —Jeff Gross


Prayer: God of all hope, awaken our trust in you that we may not despair but look with anticipation for what you will yet do among us.

To ponder:  What stirs hope in you during these challenging days?