Wednesday, January 25, 2012
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Today I am posting about my continuing Bible study in the book of Ephesians. The topic is the HOPE we are given in Christ. Circumstantially things have not been going very well in our home this last week. We have had a LOT of sickness, croup, a baby who has been out of sync with her sleeping, a trip to the Emergency Clinic with Annagrace and just the ongoing demands of life. This morning I read this from Ephesians chapter one verses eighteen through nineteen.
"having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might"
I was reminded of the HOPE to which I have been called. That hope remains even when life is demanding and circumstances are not happy. That hope is not in our circumstances but in Christ alone. The verse goes on to talk about the "Immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe." As I read that I was reminded that even though circumstances have sent our lives in a tail spin this past week we are not without resources to deal with it all. It is through His power working within us that we can stand. This beloved hymn comes to mind.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
Here is my prayer from my study this morning:
"Lord, please help me to keep perspective in the midst of daily struggles. Please help me to keep the hope of my calling in sight and to receive your great power to help me. Amen"