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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nothing Wasted, 10: Hopelesness Problems.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you” (Psalm 139:17‭-‬18, NIV).

David’s father never thought he counted when the prophet Samuel asked to see “all” his sons as he was preparing to anoint one of them for something special of God. David’s brother did not thing very well or very much of him when he came out to the battlefield bringing food and news from home during Israel’s conflict with the Philistines. King saw didn’t see much or think much of David when he was brought before him with a determination to what everyone else was intimidated to consider in facing the giant who dared to defy the God and the armies of the God of Israel. The giant, Goliath, certainly had no positive thoughts in regards to David, but perceived nothing more than a little boy coming to face a man on the battlefield, meeting him with insults and mockery. 

The list is even longer of those whose thoughts of David were bent more towards his demise and his destruction, underestimating his value, and dismissing him as useless. Yet, David had learned in the loneliness of the pasture that the God of all grace and hope was with him, and had always been with him. There would be many in his life that would speak against him, think ill against him, and even attempt evil against him. Any of these could work to produce a sense or feeling of hopelessness in the heart and the life of David. David, however, in a moment of “nothing wasted,” chose to see himself through the eyes of God. “How precious to me are your thoughts, God!”

It wouldn’t be too hard for me to allow my overactive imagination to go the way of imagining what others might think of me, about me, or towards me. If I allow my mind to go to such a place where balance doesn’t exist, there will be a greater potential for hopelessness to take over my focus on Jesus and HIM as the hope of my life. The fact is, there will always be people whose thoughts of me are not aligned with the thoughts that God has for me. That is ok. I do not live my life with the thoughts of others, good or bad, as my motivation or my standard. Thoughts and opinions about me, what I do, how I am, what I dream, how I respond to life, will change, because I change, and because people change. I will keep my eyes on Jesus who never changes. I will keep my mind focused on the hope-filled thoughts He has for my life, because they, too, will never change. 

I will stay reminded of all the many times David was overlooked and underestimated by the thoughts of actions of those in his life, yet remained focused on the One who called him forward. My hope is not for sale to those whose thoughts are not for my good. It is God’s thoughts for me that will contribute to me living in the hope of God’s destiny for my life. When faced with discouragement or hopelessness in regards to the thoughts of others, I will keep my thoughts on HIM who is thinking HOPE over me.

Lord God, I thank You for the HOPE I have in You. Your thoughts of my life and the purpose you have for my life are so great and numerous I could never live enough days to count them. Forgive me for all the times I have wasted dwelling on, becoming worried in, reacting to, and losing hope over thoughts, whether projected or perceived by others in my life. I will focus on You, for it is YOU who have created me. It is YOU who have called me. I thank You for the strength I have in Your hope. Continue to remind me when I am in situations where I am tempted to wander off on paths led by my imagination. Call me back so that I may return to the path of Your thoughts for my destiny. I thank You Jesus that in You, I have the mind of Christ. I thank You that in You, I can take captive every thought and imagination that would try to lift itself up over the knowledge of who You are, and who I am in YOU. The hope I have in this life is because of You. Help me to live out each moment of everyday remembering that hope and living out my response to that hope. I ask and pray all of this in YOUR NAME, JESUS. Amen.

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