When confronted with a recent crisis involving some lost equipment, one of our doctors in Soddo opined, “Our only hope is to put all our hope in God alone.”
His comment made me wonder: “Where is my hope?”
Like most people, I tend to put a lot of stock in my principles, proficiencies, and persistence. Recognizing the limits of my wisdom, strength, and ingenuity, I also look to experienced professionals, godly pastors, and trustworthy politicians (if and where I can find them).
Principles. Proficiencies. Persistence. Professionals. Pastors. Politicians.
I suppose they all have some value.
But in the end, staking our hopes on human capacity is a rather risky venture.
God alone is consistently faithful, righteous, and true. He alone sees all, considers all, and knows all. He alone is provident over all things. He alone is worthy of our hope.
As the psalmist put it:
‘Kings aren’t saved by the strength of their armies;
Warriors don’t prevail by their own power, and
A warhorse is a bad bet for victory.’ Psalm 33:16-17
So, here’s my prayer this morning: ‘And so, Lord, my only hope is in you.’ – Psalm 39:7
Oh… about the lost equipment: The vice-president of the country heard about our situation. With a phone call or two, the lost equipment suddenly materialized. It was delivered to the hospital a couple of days ago. God did it again. Amazing how we had to reach the end of ourselves, to discover that ‘Our only hope is put all our hope in God alone.’