IHaveBut1.Hope by Aric Hartle
Definition Hope:A feeling of expectation or desire to have something to happen.
A person I know had a bad run in with luck last year. He was telling me how bad his year ended and I was just amazed that he even lived through it. It started with his spouse’s grandmother passing away. She put up the good fight with Alzheimer’s, and had lived to over 90. The next week his sister-in-law’s rental property had a drunk driver run into the building. The building was pushed off the foundation and would need ripped down, since it was unrepairable and the drunk driver walked away uninjured. The next week he ended up in the hospital requiring emergency surgery. The week after he was back in the hospital for a week due to blood clots. The week after that, his spouse was notified that she was losing her job in two months, and the news continued from there.
Sounds unbelievable, how could someone not only have that much bad luck… but also not lose their mind?
The first question you must ask, is was it luck at all? Do you believe in luck?
Definition Luck: Success or Failure apparently brought by chance rather than someone’s actions
From a bible point of view, Proverbs 16:33 – “The lot is cast into the lap, but every decision is from the Lord.” This is but one example from the bible, many verses reinforce this idea. From this one verse, it would seem that there is no luck, God has a plan for everyone. I honestly asked, this chain of events was a PLAN? What kind of plan is putting these people through so much heartache? I went back to my friend and asked him, how things changed since is bad last year and what did you learn?
Endurance, God doesn’t give us more than we can bear. There were a lot of things that I needed to learn through each of these events, and at the core was Endurance. Romans 5:3-4 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces Hope,” While I didn’t rejoice in the suffering, I was able to look at it and say it could be worse. Everything was a blessing in disguise. Alzheimer’s is an awful disease so that was really a blessing for grandma. The rental property thing was a blessing due to the things that happened afterward. The surgery was needed, it was a time bomb waiting to happen. The blood clots were an accident, and was survivable and losing one job provided opportunities that we wouldn’t have considered. Our marriage is better than it has been in years. The financial issues caused by the Medical bills got our house to finally latch onto a debt free mentality and we are seeing the fruits of that effort. God was trying to talk to us for years and we ignored him. We didn’t see the message he was trying to tell us. Well, it took a lot but he got our attention, we listened and we are seeing a difference.
Hope is at the core here. God will not put us through more than we can bear. Through the suffering we must look to God for hope. He has a plan for us and through anything and everything there are lessons to learn. The key is being open to listening. My friend wasn’t for a long time. God didn’t give up on him, and God watches over you too.
When things are at their worst, God will be there. Turn to Him. Turn to his word and his people.