“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” ~ Donna Roberts
My friend, can I sing you a song I want you to never forget? A song about not getting lost and always having hope! In the final chapter of But God…A Doctrine of Hope we discuss how to find our way home. How do we know if we are on the right path if we have never been this way?
“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:1-7, NIV).
Jesus tells us that He is the Way. He did not come to just point us in the right direction He is the Way home. We need assurance, a map, some road signs, and a list of checkpoints to make us feel sure that we are going the right way, and that we are not lost. But truly what we need is to know that we have recognized The Way – Jesus because if we know Him we are able to trust when the path grows scary, dark, dangerous, or is full of potholes of grief.
We need…to remind ourselves…when we are terrified of all the un-good in the world around us. [that] God is great and powerful. He is full of love and miracles, and nothing can change who He is or what He can do. So, how do we learn to recognize who God is? ~ Melisa Turner, But God, p. 175
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful.” (Psalm 89:8, NLT)
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24, NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God. (John 1:1, NKJV)
So, we know that God is faithful. We know that Jesus is with God, that He is God, and that one of His names is the Word. The Bible continues to deepen the definition for us of who Jesus is. In Isaiah 40:8 it says that “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (NLT). And in Luke 1:37, the angel speaking to Mary, the mother of Jesus, declares, “For the word of God will never fail” (NLT). Jesus the Son of God, and God the Father possess a character that is entirely faithful, one that stands forever and that cannot fail. I can have hope because my trust is in a God who never changes, never fails, and is always faithful. ~ Melisa Turner, But God, p. 177
But the Lord rules forever. He sits on his throne to judge, and he will judge the world in fairness; he will decide what is fair for the nations. The Lord defends those who suffer; he defends them in times of trouble. Those who know the Lord trust him, because he will not leave those who come to him. (Ps 9:7-10, NCV)
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. (Colossians 3:12, NCV)
God wanted to prove that his promise was true to those who would get what he promised. And he wanted them to understand clearly that his purposes never change, so he made an oath. These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us the strength to hold on to the hope we have been given. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. (Hebrews 6:17-19, NCV)
This is truly a doctrine of hope… a set of beliefs…based on truth…on which we can build our faith…whatever you are facing, there is a But God for that! The more we get to KNOW Him, the more we have the strength to BELIEVE in Him, to place our hope in our good God who cannot lie or break a promise. ~ Melisa Turner, But God, p.178 and 194
I urge you to anchor your hope to His unchangeable nature “for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23, NIV).