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The Politics of Hope

Hope (Psalm 43v5)

This morning my heart is heavy.

The hospital doctor has told me they are unable to help my mother as she is not responding to treatment. Therefore, once the current infection in her body has taken hold (the source of which they say they are unable to identify), it will take her life. It could be days. It could be weeks. I am numb with disbelief.

I have a choice—choose to be a victim and succumb to anger and resentment (and believe me I have struggled with these)—or choose to be a victor.

But how does one emerge a victor in such a scenario?

One refuses to listen to the lies of the Enemy who whispers: how can God love you when he has not answered your prayer for miraculous healing? How can God love your mother when he is allowing her to die from such a cruel disease and without dignity?

One let’s go of the desire to dictate to God what he should do… how he should “prove” himself to you by manifesting his might and miraculous power within your mother’s life—surely her healing would bring glory to him?

One let’s go of the desire to determine how He (who does all things after the counsel of his own will) should perform, and genuinely say: “not my will O Lord but your will be done”. One accepts that you may not understand… the situation may not seem glorious or victorious, but God IS nevertheless in control.

One continues to pray and to believe God’s Word—even though circumstances may scream the exact opposite of what you have prayed and believed… even though circumstances question the very integrity of God’s Holy Scriptures. After all, neither Satan, nor man has the last word.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu

One humbles self. I am not omnipotent. I am not omniscient. I am not omnipresent. I am a servant of the most High God—He does not serve me!

One dies to self. Dies to the temptation to be immature… to try to bargain, to sulk, to throw your spiritual resources (faith, hope, trust in God) out of the window.

One refrains from asking: “why my mum?” After all she has done. After all her faithfulness to God, to the Body of Christ, to the Great Commission, to her church members.

One rejoices in the fact that God has honoured me to be the daughter of such a beautiful, godly mother. One celebrates her life, her example and, as Proverbs 31:28 decrees will happen, one rises up and calls her blessed.

One prays for her… that she will be comforted by the Holy Spirit… that the Lord will minister to her with that peace which surpasses natural understanding… that God will continue to strengthen her with might in her inner man and that He will be the health and brightness of her countenance.

One commits her into our Father God’s hands knowing that He loves her with an EVERLASTING love, knowing that his mercies are NEW every morning, knowing that he is able to cause ALL things to work together for her good, since she has been called according to his purpose.

One trusts in the Lord with all their heart and refuses to lean on their limited understanding.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

One forgives. And one lets go those who have not celebrated or appreciated her the way you believe they should. But if not quite able to do this, one shares their heart, their feelings openly with the Lord (who sees and knows all things) and one asks him to work within your heart and bring you to the place where you desire to do God’s perfect will and also obey it.

One submits to the washing from the water of God’s Word, to the Word’s sanctifying fire, so that the dross of self-serving demands and ungodly attitudes are purified from one’s life.

One prays with new understanding and listens to the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit and sees from a new perspective.

One says along with Job: “shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).

One hopes.

…hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

(Romans 8:24-25 NKJ)

 

QUESTION: How do you deal with disappointed hopes?

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17 thoughts on “The Politics of Hope

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your mum. Your steadfastness in God is inspiring because as you have written, it is in the trying times of life that we question our faith and also ourselves. It’s easy to believe and to appreciate when things are going well but when they aren’t we can easily turn away thinking “this doesn’t work”. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mum and your family.

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  2. It took me a while to get to the point where I did not cry out in those painful moments when life seemed so hard. After seeing the good come out of these experiences, it took a conscious decision to calmly lay my circumstances at His feet to do with what He will. Now I’m working on the rejoicing part (it’s really hard!!)

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    1. Hello Michelle. It’s a challenge with each new situation that presents itself and I expect to have further tussles with faith in the future. I agree, rejoicing in the midst of pain and sorrow can be so hard on the flesh. I find spending even a short time in praise and worship can help to pave the way and turn into rejoicing or tears of gratitude to Father God.
      Thank you so much for reading this post and taking time to leave me your comment. It has blessed my heart and is so appreciated.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post and for taking time to leave a comment. What you have said is proof that God causes ALL things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to his purpose.

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  3. There’s so much to learn from this post that I don’t even know where to start. The spirit and grace to go through a such a rough patch with humility and trust in God is quite phenomenal, because a lot of times, our ego gets in the way. I love this post and I wish you all the grace and strength that you and your family require at this time.

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  4. God has helped me realize to put my hope on eternal things. The earthly things will pass and it should not keep us from holding on to the promise of greater things ahead. 🙂 Accept that all earthly things shall soon pass including our bodies, but God’s promise to have us in his presence forever is beyond compare to the disappointments and sufferings we have here. 🙂

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  5. This spoke volumes to me…currently going through rough patch in my marriage. It took me such a long time but now I’ve finally realize that all I can do it let God do His work. Hang in there, sis. I sent a short prayer for you and your mom.

    “The Lord shall fight for you; You only need to be still.”
    – Exodus 14:14

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    1. Dear Katrina,
      Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment, prayer and for the wonderful scripture – I treasure this.
      Co-incidentally, I raised you to the Lord in prayer this morning and now I have a little more insight, I can pray more specifically.
      Whilst you hang on for God to do His work, remember He is able to do “…exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20

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