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Restoring Hope

Zechariah Newman —  June 20, 2013 — 23 Comments

I remember it like it was yesterday.Tears rolling down my face while sitting in my car six and a half years ago. You see a song was on, “While I’m Waiting” by John Waller. My wife, Rachel and I had been trying for two years to have a baby. The lyrics that struck me were,” I will move ahead bold and confident, taking every step in obedience. While I’m waiting I will serve You. While I’m waiting I will worship. While I’m waiting I will not faint. I’ll be running the race even while I wait.” It felt like all hope was gone. I was angry and confused at why God was not giving me this thing that I desired so much. But, hope was not gone as we now have three kids. We are beyond blessed, but the truth is we were then too. I just couldn’t see it. So renew your faith and hope with these 3 things!

“Hope is the physician of each misery.”  ~Irish Proverb

1. Praise and worship. Hard to do, I know. It is much easier to praise God when He is giving me what I want. I listened to John Waller’s song about 1,000 times because it told me what to do. Man when my little Zoe was born Rachel and I cried like babies. God is so good! Even through the hurt and pain He is still good! Praise His goodness. Praise Him whether He answers your prayers or not.

Zechariah 9:12 “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”

2. Talk about what God is going to do. This is not what I was doing most of the time. When we have a problem we like to talk about it and think about it constantly. Then we wonder why our faith and hope are gone. Talk about what God is going to do. Today is the day of change. Today is the day for healing. Today is the day for breakthrough. If I’m going to wait on God, I might as well wait in Hope which is defined as “the confident desire: a feeling that something desirable is likely to happen.” Stand in Hope!

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

3. Help someone. This helped me. When I was helping others, the pain, selfishness, and grumble attitude left me. I was able to refocus on what good things I had and not the one my heart longed for. You see when we have a deep pain in our hearts it feels like all of life is terrible, but it is not. Helping others gets our focus where it should be; outward instead of inward.

When you are walking through the desert of despair, HOPE is water to your soul. (tweet that)

If you are in pain, I am so sorry. The sun will rise again. It is so easy to say when you are not going through something at the moment, but it’s true. It is too easy to gloss over the Bible and see the stories of great men and women. The fact is they all had to wait! For example, Joseph waited 13 years in prison, Moses 40 years in the desert, Rachel and Hannah waited years for children, and Jesus 30 years to start His ministry. Renew your expectant Hope. As I write this my youngest, Hope, is starting to cry. So I say to you Hope is crying out. Will you pick her up? Rise up and restore your faith because God is good and He is faithful and He does care about your pain.

So let’s help restore each others’ faith and hope. What is a time that looked impossible, but God came through?

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