Here at the Hope Center, we recognize that we have become hoarders of sorts.
Those of us with the privilege of participation in the day-in-day-out miracle of the Hope Center often relish in the joys and fail to climb atop a hill and shout the goodness of it all. We stack these stories up all around us and find comfort and hope in revisiting them.
Well, its time to clean the house, tell our stories and make room for new ones that won’t sit on the shelves so long because everything has a place, and everything is in its place. Stories like these belong with you. The partners, carriers and megaphones of hope in our community. Since we don’t have many hills here central Ohio, social media will have to do.
This new series will tell the
shaken-down till it runs over,
just in the nick-of-time,
could only be the goodness of God-
stories of provision, blessing and hope we encounter everyday.
Stay tuned folks, there’s no tellin’ what will happen next.
Psalm 145:3-8 (NIV)
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
Job 5:15-17 (NIV)
He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth;
he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.
So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth.
Blessed is the man whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
As far as I can tell, there are at least fourteen Hebrew words that are translated “hope” in the Old Testament. Job’s friend Elipaz uses tikvah in his discourse concerning Job. Unaware of the throw down of Chapter 2 between God and Satan, he mistakenly assumes that Job is being disciplined by God for some unknown offense.
We know more of the back story than Elipaz and can rest assured that while his ideas about God here are accurate, the charge against Job is misplaced. Paul affirms the content of the chapter by quoting verse 13 in 1 Corinthians 3:19. The chapter teaches us to expect trouble as part of the human experience (v 7) and that the only place to seek relief is bringing our case to God who meets every need on earth and deals justly with all people.
No man, even the poor, are without hope. Almighty God rescues them and silences the mouth of injustice that would devour them. I love that the context here is in God’s correction towards us. He loves human kind enough to chasten us. He does not leave us the same. It is often in these difficult periods that tikvah-hope comes.
The root word of tikvah is translated “cord”, one that is stretched and does not break. This is the HOPE of discipline. That we grow, improve and become stronger by God’s loving hand.
We are pursuing the call of God for our community. I admonish you to pursue hope for yourselves and households. May we know tikvah-hope in all its meaning and applications as we offer the hope of the Gospel to those who long for the rescue of God. Indeed, blessed is the person whom God corrects for we have a Hope that endures.