PRINCIPLES OF HOPE
“THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE LEARNED TWO THINGS; Never give up hope, always remain vigilant. Hope charts the future. Vigilance protects it.” In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, October 2, 2013, Prime Minister Netanyahu confidently challenged the leaders of the world with the truth of Biblical prophecy. After quoting from the Old Testament prophet Amos, the Prime Minister declared, “Ladies and gentlemen, the people of Israel have come home never to be uprooted again.”
Mr. Netanyahu continued, “Today our hope for the future is challenged by a nuclear- armed Iran That Seeks our destruction. But, I want you to know, that was not always the case. Some 2500 years ago the Great Persian King Cyrus ended the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people. He issued a famous edict in which he proclaimed the right of the Jews to return to the land of Israel and rebuild the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. That’s a Persian decree! And thus began an historic friendship between the Jews and the Persians that lasted until modern times.” ( Please read Isaiah 44:28 – 45:13)
For thousands of years, sometimes in despair, drudgery, and war, and at other times in enthusiastic Expectation, Israel has tenaciously believed their promise WILL ultimately be totally fulfilled! Their un-dying hope has always been founded upon the eternal and unchanging God Who is The Promiser! They unashamedly believe His Word, the Torah, is eternally true, and every promise is also eternal. Paul the apostle wrote in the New Testament, that “Faith is the confident assurance that what we hope for WILL actually happen.” (Hebrews 11:1) As God desires of us, Israel’s hope is in God Himself, not the promise itself. It is upon Him, and all the substance of Who He is in His Personhood, they have built themselves and their holy nation.
Netanyahu said, “Hope charts the future. Vigilance protects it.” Israel’s hope for the future, like yours, is assured by wisdom, discernment, being alert, and watchful with diligence, reminding themselves often, that they must deliberately and intentionally, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean upon your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3: 5,6)
After a long struggle with hopelessness, King David asked, “So, Lord, where DO I put my hope? My only Hope is in You!” (Psalm 39:7)
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord for making Your ways plain. I have for so long, wondered why it has been so hard to keep hoping in my hope. Like Israel, I will put my hope in You and Your unchanging Word. You are really all I need. Thank You Lord! Amen.