Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor. (Job 11:17-19, NIV)
I think we can all agree the first 6 months of 2020 were nothing short of wild. There’s been a lot to wade through mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We’ve all had to take the time to process the events surrounding us and more importantly how it all determines our future. I saw a post by someone which said, “I really hope we’re a second half team.” I laughed a little not only because my love of Tennessee Football runs deep (and let’s face it, they can be a second half team), but I never thought collectively we’d all be cheering on the months of July through December.
While praying and hearing the word “hope” for July, I wanted to find the right verse to match what I believe the Lord is speaking for this month. And that’s when I landed on Job 11:17-19. Here it is again:
Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor. (emphasis mine)
Hope can refer to so many pieces of our life and if we aren’t careful, we can quickly weigh it down with expectations. I believe that’s why in Proverbs 13 it says:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12, NIV)
When our expectations are unmet or we “get our hopes up” we become disappointed. Those deferred hopes from the first half of this year might be overwhelming right now for you. In my transparency, I’ve had to sit some moments out, find Jesus and just “hope” everything turns out okay. Between the tears, anxiety and overwhelming thoughts of uncertainty and confusion, January – June was piled with so much. Canceled plans, unmet expectations, prayers not answered, what we thought was going to happen didn’t and so on. Our hearts, albeit, have been feeling pretty deferred and hope seems inevitable. But, there is fulfillment coming. I’m reminded of Joel 2:25 when the Lord says, “I will repay you for the years the locust have eaten…” Restoration is coming! I’ve said it since March that God has not been caught by surprise and whatever the enemy has meant for evil in these last few months, God is going to turn it around and bless it ten fold.
I pray this month you see hope activating your faith. That your latter half of the year will be great than your first half. That the noonday will shine brighter than the darkest night, and that you will be secure and safe because there is hope. Provision and protection are found in the arms of the Father and this month lean into that promise. Do not fear, friend. Cling to hope and may you find all you need in this second half. In Romans 15:13 it says what I think we all need be encouraged by: abound in hope. This month I pray you see that your hope is no longer deferred but abounding.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13, ESV, emphasis mine)