Hope That Has Been Appointed For Us
“We who have fled to Him for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope that has been appointed for us” (Hebrew 6:18).
When I read this verse I am reminded of a specific time when I ran faster that ever before to the Lord as my refuge. I didn’t leave that refuge until I had the strength and hope that had been appointed just for me; it actually had my name on it. The situation in my life at the time looked hopeless. In the natural world it looked like our son’s life was over. There was nothing the doctors could do. Then God said, “Watch this!”
During that time, I can say the only strength I had came from the Lord. I did not have natural strength. During times of prayer, I would fall into the arms of Jesus and I could actually feel Him lift me up, refill me with encouragement, and then set me back down in the hospital room all charged up again. All my strength, faith, and hope came from Him. He was my refuge, my fortress, my rock, and the firm foundation I stood upon. I literally felt the strength of the Lord surging through my spirit, soul, and body. It was a supernatural strength. My faith was in God and Him alone.
Sometimes God allows us to go through things so that as we stand back and see with our own eyes His handiwork, we will trust Him. When He was creating a miracle in our son, all natural hands had to be removed as He worked the miracle. I learned in that situation, as I watched God work, there are times we must take our hand off and watch God work.