August 31, Thursday

The AMI QT Devotionals from August 28-September 3 are provided by Hee Jung Lee. Hee Jung, a graduate of Biblical Theological Seminary, serves at Catalyst Agape Church (New Jersey) along with her husband Pastor Sam Lee. They have four beautiful daughters.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

“Anchored in Hope”

Hebrews 6:19-20

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm & secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf….

I was about 7 years old when our family immigrated to the US. In order to assimilate us to the new life and help us adapt quicker, my father followed all the American traditions. We celebrated all the holidays in the same ways the Americans did. For example, every Christmas Eve, he would put a present above our heads while we were sleeping so that when we’d wake up in the morning, we would believe that Santa had come. As a young child, this was an extraordinary thing to look forward to. The anticipation of what Santa would bring was so great that it was hard to even fall asleep. I’d stay up wondering if I had been naughty or nice.

This anticipation, this HOPE, was a powerful force. For this reason, we all need hope. Hope defines what we’re living for; it is full of anticipation, expectation, making the heart feel alive and thrive. However, life brings storms at times that can rob us of this hope. Difficult times and hardships do come. It can be for an hour, a day, months, or for years. So it is wise to address what is robbing our hope. During such times, there are two key things you can do to help you anchor your soul in the Lord: First, you can allow yourself to process any pain or grieving. Grief can happen at many levels. It can be as traumatic as losing a loved one or as seemingly “common” as losing trust. Mourning this loss is a vital step to healing and moving forward. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is going on inside of you so He can bring it out into the light. Nothing is considered unimportant before God.

Second, recollect and rejoice in the Lord. Jesus can be found in the process of everything, even in the darkest times and places. Hence, the Lord says, “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4). Rejoicing gives us strength. There is nothing better than celebrating the Heavenly Father so that He can fortify you in His love. By doing these things, you will be reaffirmed that no matter what, Jesus will always keep you firmly anchored in His hope.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that because of Jesus, my soul is firmly anchored in Your hope. Please remind me during difficult times to keep my eyes on You and rejoice in You so that I may have the strength to overcome anything that would try to rob me of my joy and hope. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible Reading for today: Isaiah 20


Lunch Break Study

Read Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

James 1:2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Questions to consider:

  1. What are some things that you hope for?
  2. Is there anything that you may need to grieve over which you may have buried deep inside?
  3. What is one difficulty or trial in your life that you can rejoice in the Lord for today?

Notes

  1. God created all of us so that we need to hope; in fact, it is healthy to hope. Yet hopelessness permeates our society today. Satan—the epitome of hopelessness—is a thief, and his objective is to steal from us the very blessings that are before us and lie within us.
  2. Grieving can be over a loss of something. It can be over losing a loved one, a sense of security, youth, freedom, ability, trust, visions or dreams, etc.
  3. Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” In other words, we always have a reason to celebrate in hope, be patient when hard times come, and we should keep praying. When we do this, God will be able to take our mourning and turn it into gladness.

Evening Reflection

This morning we began by being reminded that we can take steps to remain in the hope that Jesus has anchored us in. In light of this, how did you fare in walking in that hope today?

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