Where is Your Hope?
One of the most important lessons I have learned in studying the Scriptures is that our attitude can have a tremendous affect on God’s response to us and our prayers. Take Psalm 33:22 (AMP), for example. It says: “Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.” God revealed to the author of this psalm that if he wanted the Lord to show him His love and mercy in his time of need, then he had to demonstrate to God that his hope was in Him alone, and that He was the One he was waiting on.
In fact, the phrase, “in proportion to,” indicates that how hard we lean on the Lord in times of difficulty and dilemma will have some bearing on the Lord’s response. It’s human nature to turn to other people when we are in trouble, or when we have a need. But those believers who make God their true source, and keep their focus on Him, will experience a manifestation of the Lord’s mercy and power that others won’t.
The NLT translation of this verse says: “Let Your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.” If you are in a painful place right now, ask yourself, “Where is my hope?” If it is not in God alone, then ask for His forgiveness, and pray that He will help you to adjust your focus. As you correct your attitude by His grace, you will position yourself to receive the perfect solutions and blessings He has for you!
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