Footsteps in Faith: Hope helps us soar above hardships

| August 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Samuel Olmos
Deputy Chaplain, North Community 



A recent headline read, “Jobless. Homeless. Hopeless.”

Where do you find your hope? What gives you that assurance that things will work out for the better?

Hope is a beautiful thing. Hope is something that should be spewing from the doors of every chapel; it is why I go to church.

Sometimes, we do not feel hopeful. Instead, what comes out of us is fear, anger and frustration. Life can feel like a major disappointment.

Sometimes, we even find ourselves arguing with and questioning God.

Have you ever found yourself questioning God? Have you ever said, “God, why didn’t you stop me from getting into this difficult relationship?” or “God, why do I have so many problems?”

Many of us have questioned God during difficult times.

God’s chosen people, the children of Israel, did their share of complaining and questioning. Isaiah 40:27 says, “Why do you say, oh Jacob, and complain, oh Israel, my way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?” In other words, the Israelites felt like God was not listening and God did not care about what they were going through.

Have you ever felt like God was nowhere to be found and that God simply stopped caring about you?

Isaiah 40:28 tells us “the Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,” and no one can fathom his understanding.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak,” verse 29 adds.

Those who are “tired and weary,” who “stumble and fall,” but “who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint,” Isaiah continues.

God understands your struggle and intends to give you strength. Place your hope in God, and he will lift you above your problems. You will feel the joy of soaring with God “on wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).

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