March 11, 2019

Psalm 39:4 (NLT) — 4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.

The Psalmist uttered these words during a difficult time in life when things were very unsettling. Whom or what are you living for? Does it give you hope? Is it something to be anchored to? Does it help you handle this life with grace and humility? Does it help you to confidently look forward to a bright eternity? If you are going to live well in this short and some times troubling and confusing life you must be sure of eternity.
 A Jewish lady who had survived Auschwitz always talked about the goodness of God and how God helped her through that extremely difficult time. A friend of hers asked her one day, “How can you really believe that God helped you? If he helped you why didn’t help everyone else?”
       The woman’s words were startling. “God didn’t make the camp or kill the Jews. The mistake He made was giving men free will and the brains to figure out how to torture people. I knew that He hated Auschwitz more than I did. Many of us had faith. We needed hope. Whether we made it out alive or not,, we needed to know that somehow some way, life would be better. Would it be heaven? We didn’t know what we thought. But God gave me hope and that kept me alive. I couldn’t afford wasting energy on hating Him.”
A hope anchor is a wonderful thing. It is kind of like me when I was in grade school. I wasn’t a very good student. I never looked forward to the school year but come April I was able to muster up a bit of enthusiasm because I knew summer was just around the corner. And so it is with life; we can muster up enthusiasm if we can look forward to a sure, wonderful eternity.
Job had this ‘hope anchor’ >  “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! Job 19:25–27 
Let your children see that you have the same hope anchor that Job had and watch them blossom in life. Children need help and hope and when they see that you have this in God they will be more apt to also receive Him as their hope anchor.
Be Inspired Hilltop!