Hope for a Thousand Years

Are you ready for God to do something in your life?

David in Vintage Beach Boys Reyn Spooner

No matter what you’re going through right now, I hope that you know how much God loves you. It may seem like all is lost, like things are hopeless. You may be having relationship difficulties, or be facing financial troubles. Yet I believe and know that God can rush in and do something miraculous in your life – no matter the circumstance.

I was listening to the radio today as I drove around aimlessly. Driving has always been soothing to me and I’m really grateful for my car. (I also want the new Hummer EV!). Anyway, I heard a verse that I used to think about a lot, but that I hasn’t come to mind in a long while.

Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3: 8-9

The ancient Greeks had two words for time: χρόνος (Chronos) and καιρός (Kairos). Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment, while Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time. Kairos signifies a period or season, a moment of indeterminate time in which an event of significance happens. Chronos is quantitative, while Kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature. 2020 has been a crazy year and this coronavirus season has given God the chance to do deep healing work on us all.

The truth is, I haven’t thought about this quote much lately because I struggled a lot with hope this year. Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen or a feeling of trust. Have you ever found it difficult to trust God? Maybe it’s easy to trust Him with certain things, but more difficult to open up other parts of your life to Him. A different sermon I heard during my drive brought up how Jesus multiplied bread and fish for 5000. Even though we are facing a season of famine, are we going to allow Jesus to perform miracles – to multiply what we little we have?

As November nears, it’s crazy to realize how quickly this year passed by. Things were so different in the world just a year ago. It seems like this year really took a toll on so many of us. For me, I started to lose hope in what God has promised me. It’s easy to question the true abilities of God, and of ourselves. It’s difficult to hold steadfast to your hope and faith through all the trials and tribulations of this life.

Let us all remember to trust in God’s perfect timing, handiwork, and plan. Cultivate hope even when things look bleak.

For in this hope we are saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see? But if we hope for what we do not yet see, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8: 24-25

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