To borrow a popular slogan from President Elect Barack Obama, “YES we CAN!” Now, I may not be (am certainly not) looking at this the same way he and others are. The whole world is putting their hope in Barack Obama and his historical presidency. They are looking to the 01-20-09 Inauguration as a kind of anointing. There is reason for hope, but not the reason that most are looking toward. They will be disappointed. He is a pragmatist, but he will not be able to please everyone. It is impossible. The extent to which he is successful will depend on the object of his faith and his ability to unify people to his goal. The same is true in anything and is true for all those here in Blacksburg, VA (or anywhere), who are looking to Prevail in Tragedy…
Friend, you cannot put your hope in man and be satisfied. We all will let others down at some point. We all have our own ideas, talents, and experiences, and we cannot please everyone, neither should we try to do so. Consider the very middle verse of the Bible–Psalm 118:8:
“It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.”
The object of our HOPE must be in THE LORD–Check out Psalm 42:5 (do you see a difference in this and 42:11 and 43:5? :-} ):
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
When you FEAR GOD ABOVE ALL (see my #1 Lesson) then HIS countenance will be the help for your countenance and you can prevail through anything in life. If you are looking for more on the #10 Lesson check it out or even take a look at my 11-21-08 Blog, “Hope and Tragedy.”
YES, we CAN, only if the object of our Faith is our Creator, JESUS CHRIST and we are unified and walking in HIS Truth!