The door of hope
'They shall come back from the land of the enemy.' Jeremiah 31:16 NKJV
When we're facing a tough situation, or a hard time that doesn't seem to be ending, we may start to lose hope. We may feel that there's no possibility of anything changing. We may have been praying for years and not seen any change. When we lose our hope, we lose our ability to see beyond our circumstances. We can become consumed by fear, disappointment and resentment.
But God says he 'will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope' (Hosea 2:15 NIV). Achor means 'trouble'. So here God is saying that he'll turn trouble into hope. And the Bible says that 'those 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 be faint' (Isaiah 40:31 NIV). When the Israelites were in exile, there were probably days when many doubted whether they would return to the Promised Land. They may even have thought that God had abandoned and forgotten about them.
But Jeremiah prophesied: 'They shall come back from the land of the enemy' (Jeremiah 31:16 NKJV). The word 'shall' is a definite; it was going to happen - and it did. And we can have that same expectancy that when God promises us something, he is faithful to come through. He has the power to completely change our situations and turn our trouble into hope.
So what now? Listen to the song City of Hope by Amanda Cook. As you're listening, ask God to show you the door of hope.
Soulfood: Gen 17-19 Luke 8:26-39 Ps 67 Pro 4:1-2,