Monday, February 09, 2009

Putting our HOPE in the right place....

I don't really like or enjoy politics, official or not. There are POLITICS like the government with the right and left, but there are also office politics and politically correct/incorrect, etc. Why do we trust that politics will get us anywhere we want to be? It seems to all amount to a bunch of gameplaying.

I was reminded of HOPE today and the politic thing because of the Hope poster for the Obama campaign. The artist of the poster was in the news for spreading his artwork illegally on public buildings and possibly taking the image for the poster from another photo...but I digress.

It seems lately that the world seems more hopeless than hopeful. People are losing their jobs. The government while under the illusion of no more politics as usual still has some of the same politicing going on. Let's make a deal is not only a TV show from the past! A "stimulus" package that is 100s of pages long with everything from job creation to STD information (until the right person yelled loud enough to get it taken out) is part of the news of hope for our right now and tomorrow. We put hope in our leaders to make the best decisions with the information they are given and to surround themselves with people that are informed and able to provide assistance with things they might not truly understand.

I propose that we as a nation are misplacing our hope. It is not found in our government or a politician.

I searched for hopeless and hope. I was amazed to find that in the NIV version, there is 1 mention of hopeless (shown below) and 174 for hope.

Isaiah 57:10 (NIV) You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.

Even though this one verse mentions hopeless, it is in the context of even by being weary, you would NOT say it is hopeless.

Even Job (the most picked on man in the Bible) in the midst of ALL that happened to him, mentions hope.

Job 11:18 (NIV) You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

The following show the TRUE source of our hope for a better tomorrow.

Psalm 31:24 (NIV) Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

May your strength and faith be renewed. May you soar! May you run and not grow weary. May you walk and not be faint. May the Lord in whom we trust continue to be our true source of HOPE!