Devotions By Jan

Half Full


Scripture for Today:  Psalm 39:7  “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in You.”

Are you a person who sees this glass on the left as half full or half empty?  The glass on the right has exactly the same quantity (although in a different form) but is more likely to be seen as half full.  Personalities surely differ but it seems to me it is all a matter of perspective.  There are two ways to look at it and I can choose which it is to be.

Today’s verse speaks of hope, which more than anything can change how we look at reality.  David had just described seeing people as phantoms, running around amassing wealth (verse 6).  They have put their hope in their wealth.  He turns His gaze from them toward the Lord.  He has changed his perspective, focusing on the Lord.  It is in Him that David finds hope and not in his possessions.

The world can only offer false hope, and “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Prov. 13:12)  Sadly, there are so many heartsick people around me.  They have placed their hope in something or someone other than Christ.  If I were to put my hope in material wealth, I would be just as heartsick.  But my hope is in the Person of Jesus Christ!  My hope is not wishful thinking or having my head in the clouds.  The “object” of my hope is sure and rock solid!  Because HE is faithful to His promises, there is hope for my future.  My hope allows me to see that glass as half full.  Of course I see the empty part but rather than focusing on that I choose to see His love, His compassion and His faithfulness to me.

Thank you Lord, that You are my hope!

2 thoughts on “Half Full

  1. Thank you for reminding me to put my hope in our Lord. Others trust their wealth and in materials things, but my hope needs to be in our Lord who loves, knows and cares about me and my family. Thanks.

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