“My Hope Is In The Lord”

There’s a story that one day the devil was auctioning off his tools. He had a high price on them all: pride, laziness, arrogance, hate, envy, jealousy. But there was one tool with a sign under it: “Not For Sale.” It was a strange-looking tool about which someone asked, “What is that tool and why isn’t it for sale?”
“Well,” Satan whispered, “I can’t afford to get rid of that one! That’s my chief tool—discouragement. With this tool, I can pry open a heart, and once I’m there, I can do most anything I want.”
All of us have faced discouragement. It comes from many different sources. And, when we get discouraged, we can lose hope. We can quit.
The Psalmist faced discouragement. Psalms 42:1 says, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!”
The Psalmist is down.. he’s discouraged… Maybe his hope has been in other things… things or people that have let him down. But through that, he has learned that the only true, lasting source of hope is the Lord. He says, “I will put my hope in God.”
Where is your hope today? Is it in your job? Your bank account? Your network of friends? The only lasting source of hope is the Lord. I encourage you, like the Psalmist, to put your hope in the Lord.

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