I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome he states, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).” In this particular part of his letter to the church in Rome, Paul is trying to encourage the believers and fill them with the hope found in the Scriptures so that they might overflow with hope for others within their circle of influence. He reminds the believers that the Scriptures produce both eternal encouragement and heavenly hope which will help build their endurance for good works and sacrificial service.
Today’s passage from the Psalms echoes the Apostle Paul’s declaration. It is God’s Holy Word that produces hope which makes waiting upon the Lord so much easier. I too have found hope in the Scriptures which has produced endurance, encouragement, and ease for living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Without God’s Holy Word, my daily struggles with dementia would be so much more difficult. I would have no place to turn to gain spiritual strength, rock-solid support, and serene solace for my daily battles.
Whenever I am overwhelmed with despair, discouragement, or disillusionment because of my disease, I just open up my Bible to locate my favorite underlined passages from which I garner encouragement and hope. I can’t imagine facing the daily demands of dementia without the hope the Scriptures bring into my life. These passages are my lifeline!
The psalmist and the Apostle Paul understood that life can sometimes be drudgingly difficult, disappointingly demanding, and degenerately discouraging. But there would always be hope and encouragement for anyone’s struggles contained within the Holy Scriptures.
If you are struggling today because of some overwhelming burden or disease, turn to the same place the early believers turned for help, the Scriptures. You will find heavenly hope, eternal encouragement, copious comfort, and spiritual strength so you might endure your struggles in a manner worthy of a child of God. Hope is always present in His Word, all you need do is read, meditate, pray, and be encouraged!