God’s Greatest Sorrow

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 26 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

The deepest sorrow we could ever drape over our God is our refusal to believe He loves us. Because the minute we diminish His love is the minute we doubt every other promise He gives us. And when we doubt His promises, we disconnect from His hope.

Diminished love.

Doubted promises.

Disconnected hopes.

Isn’t this such a slimy scheme of Satan? He doesn’t at all mind if we believe God loves people. He just doesn’t want us to believe He personally loves us. The enemy wants us to define our love for God based on how we feel about our circumstances.

Can’t you just see the subtle invitations to this scheme of the enemy every time something hard happens to us?

But listen to the symphony of truth that crescendos in this verse from Hebrews 10:23! It overrides the enemy’s lies with these most glorious realities:

1. We just have to hold on to God’s hope. We don’t have to feel the hope, fulfill the hope or even understand the hope. We just have to picture ourselves holding onto this lifeline between God’s heart and ours and declare, “I am going to be an unswerving holder of this hope from God!”

2. We must profess the promises over our problems. Every problem we have can be made less painful by declaring a promise of God over it. It may still hurt but it won’t cripple us and hold us back if we remember that God promises through it all, He will hold us up.

3. God will carry the weight of making sure His promises are carried out. He is the faithful one. He is the sure one. It doesn’t depend on us; therefore; we don’t have to have a perfect performance in order for His promises to be fulfilled. We just have to hold on to Him and His love.

I don’t know what you are facing today. But I can tell you from the midst of my own issues and problems, that I’m believing in His love for me personally and deeply. I’m proclaiming His promises over my problems. And I’m holding onto God’s hope as my greatest lifeline. I’m not doing it perfectly but I am doing it consistently. And even more wonderful than changing my circumstances, God is changing me!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me. I confess that far too often I have forgotten this simple truth. As I go about my day, help me to feel the depth of Your love. Remind me of the hope that I have in You as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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