Habit #3: Hope in God



Think of something in your life that is hopeless. There is hope that you cannot see. If you could see it, you wouldn't need hope. Take Jesus' hand and believe his promise to work in all things for good.

But also, ask God to reveal how he is working in your trial right now. Find the transcendent good.

This is not an easy assignment but the payoff is beyond belief.

P.S. Here is the music that played in the background of this. John Rutter, from The Falcon. The text is from Revelation 7.


  1. Sandra Snider on October 18, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Wow pastor Maury!
    You nailed it today! Just what this eighty year old lady needed!

    • Maury on October 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Rock on, Mom!

  2. Julie Stimmel on October 20, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Having watched several family members in Hawaii over the past two weeks suffer in the midst of a never-to-end incredibly difficult and painful situation is yet another poignant reminder that hope is NOT about what this world has to offer. The hope that produces joyful, God-glorifying endurance has to be NOT of this world. It has to be able to withstand and overcome our weakness and brokenness and have the final word. This hope cannot be defeated or overwhelmed or extinguished, no matter what. Death is the only resolution of a situation like this, and for a follower of Christ even death is wrapped in hope. This hope promises to and will see us through to eternity with our Lord.
    I believe this kind of hope can only come from the Lord, and only He can sustain it. But I have to CHOOSE to walk in this kind of hope. It takes deliberate effort to look at these desperate situations through the eyes and the heart of the Lord in order to have this hope.
    I can still have pain and sorrow and grieving and weariness, but as a follower of Christ these things do not have to define me. Hope can define me instead. And I have witnessed this as a reality these past two weeks in the mist of the brokenness. To the glory of God!

  3. Maury on October 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This is super-encouraging, Julie! You’re SOOO getting it. What a beautiful story of hope. Thanks!

  4. Kathy on February 28, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Julie, your hope gives others hope. ????

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