Hope: Those who Hope in Me will not be Disappointed


When God explicitly says something, there is no need for us to originate anything to say. We must let God’s Word speak for Him. With that, the introduction to today’s post is Isaiah 49:22-23. Let’s see what God has to say about HOPE in this text.

 

Isaiah 49:22-23

22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I will beckon to the nations,
I will lift up my banner to the peoples;
they will bring your sons in their arms
and carry your daughters on their hips.
23 Kings will be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.
They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground;
they will lick the dust at your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord; 
    those who hope in me will not be disappointed. ”

 

The Hebrew word for hope used in verse 23 is qavah which  means to wait or look eagerly for. It is the same word used in Psalm 37:34, Psalm 39:7 and Isaiah 40:31. Almost all of us have heard or used the term “the tables turned” to describe a circumstance where one was in one position then something happens to place that person in the opposite position. God is telling the Israelites then and the Israelites now, the church, that you were oppressed, but those who oppressed you will work to assist, help you. In my vernacular, we call it ‘flip the script’.

Theologically, Matthew Henry described it in that Word was fulfilled when “Several of the kings of Persia were very tender of their interests, countenanced and encouraged them, as Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes; Esther the queen was a nursing mother to the Jews that remained in their captivity, putting her life in her hand to snatch the child out of the flames. The Christian church, after a long captivity, was happy in some such kings and queens as Constantine and his mother Helena, and afterwards Theodosius, and others, who nursed the church with all possible care and tenderness. Whenever the sceptre of government is put into the hands of religious princes, then this promise is fulfilled.”

Why is God interested in inverting our reality or flipping the script? He tells us in verse 23 “Then you will know that I am the Lord” The word for Lord here is Yĕhovah or Jehovah = “the existing One” and the proper name of the one true God. God wants to make Himself known among those whom He created. This is why God acts on behalf of man. In fact, the promise here conveys the benefit of the one who trusts in Him. “Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” This reference is inclusive of our day to day lives as well as our HOPE for life everlasting. Once more, Matthew Henry says, “That those who wait for him, in a dependence upon his promise and a resignation to his will, shall not be made ashamed of their hope.”

Hope: Those who Hope in Me will not be Disappointed is the result of knowing Jehovah and following Him by trusting, waiting or hoping in His Word. Who will you Hope in?

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