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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 7:52:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
Rest has two key components: resting while engaging in our work and activity and resting from our work and activity. Hope is a key to resting while engaging in our daily life. Without hope our daily lives become overwhelming resulting in stress, anxiety, worry and even health issues.

One of my favorite verses on hope is Romans 15:13:

"May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Hope is "the confident expectation that good is coming." Without hope even the smallest obstacle in our daily path can become overwhelming and steal our rest. With a firm measure of hope, certainty in the present and a firm expectation and optimism about the future, we can face the major obstacles in our path while remaining in a restful state.

This hope is rooted in a revelation of God's goodness and His promises which lead to confidence in spite of the battles we face. Proverbs 29:18a makes it clear that our hope is built by fully understanding that God is at work in our struggles:

"Where there is no vision (no redemptive revelation of God) the people perish." (Amplified Bible)

"If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves." (The Message)

Hope is anchored in the character of God. It is based on God's faithfulness which allows us to remain at rest in struggles and gives us hope to persevere, which leads to rock solid unshakeable hope. God's character and faithfulness are shown throughout scripture. For example:

God is good all the time and He is the one who goes before us (Psalms 46:1, Deuteronomy 31:8)

All things in our lives work together for good if we are following him (Romans 8:28), thus the best is yet to come

God's promises are true, and He promises to lead us into rest if we turn to him (Isaiah 30:15-20)

As I have faced increased pressures in recent months a new song about hope has been a great source of encouragement.

"My hope is in your God, I am steadfast, I will not be moved. I am anchored, never shaken; all my hope is in you" (Hope's Anthem, William Matthews, from Album "Be Lifted High" from Bethel Live, 2011. Available from iTunes and on YouTube)

The battle is for our hope. Our ability to rest while engaged in significant work and activity is directly related to the amount of hope we are carrying at any moment in time.

Comments
Hi Doug, This 5th installment of your blog is the best yet! Hope is indeed a key component to resting in God. Thank you for taking time to study and share what you are, or have, learned about resting in the Father. This is an important subject for all of us living in this hectic and stressful world. Without His rest we would be unable to remain a vibrant part of this world and yet not be "of this world." Thanks, Lorin
Lorin Nylin @ 12:45:00 PM 3/16/2011
I love that he is the rest where in the weary are rested. Clearly this is an age old dilema finding balance in our emotional health and renewing our spirit. Romans 12 says be not conformed to this world be be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. The Hebrew translation is metamorphis. How many of us employ the daily renewing of our mind during communion with the Lord? Taking time to actually be renewed. I am the most guilty of rushing around and using personal power to get through when an extra 20 minutes with Jesus would have smoothed out the rough edges of the day. Thanks for the reminder that our hope in Jesus a rest to our spirits! I am so happy you are blogging!
Faith @ 9:06:00 AM 4/12/2011

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