Hope Reborn

Hope Reborn - a poem of faith @

In my quiet desperation
I waited but also feared.

In my silent contemplation
breathed a voice into my ear,

“Hear, but do not speak:
Believe, while thou dost weep.
Wait upon the Lord.
I say wait upon the Lord!”

In the quiet, in the stillness,
seeds of doubt I bid adieu.

Faithfully, ever patient wait I;
bless’ed hope has been renewed!

Copyright © Rebecca Wilcox 04/30/15
All Rights Reserved

Life can bring so many obstacles, so many moments for tears, self-recriminations, failed promises and dwindling faith. How does one resist the temptation to throw up one’s hands and simply say, “Forget it! I’ve had enough!”?


It’s one word but it is heavy, loaded down and overflowing with tremendous faith, and it’s connected to the penultimate power source in existence. Hope paired with patience leads to victory. Don’t give up Beloved. Press on because the vision, the promises of God, are for an appointed time. Wait on the Lord and they will surely come to pass.

Meditation Scripture: Habakuk 2:2-4 AMP

And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.

Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness.


He Makes Our Paths Straight

The only clear path is the one that God makes for us

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.” Proverbs 19:20-23(ESV)

I was so excited about the plans I was making. One plan led to another and then the excitement began to turn into frustration – where was I going to get the time to do all of this and hear from God and pray and write devotions and exercise etc. etc. How quickly excitement for the future turned to anxiety and frustration. All along I’ve been praying, ‘Lord lead me; Father don’t let me stray from the path you’ve chosen for me.’ and you know what? He’s been doing just that. I simply had to take a breath, quiet down …and listen.

Instruction comes in the form of the Word of God and promptings (leadings) from the Holy Spirit and I’ve been so consumed with my thoughts that I couldn’t hear Him clearly. He wants me to slow down, to put Him first and the work He has for me and in time – the right time – He will bring his plans for me to fruition.

The realization of this immediately brought peace to my heart. One of the sign-posts God uses to point us to His will is peace. A self-check will tell us whether or not we’re at peace. A few weeks ago, while in prayer, I asked the Lord about this ‘jumpy feeling’ I’d been having, whether or not it was still excitement or if it had morphed into anxiety. Doesn’t the scripture tell us to acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways and He will direct our paths? The only clear pathway is the one that God makes for us.

I know that anxiety is an indicator that I’m straying into a place or state of thought I should not be and that God said we should follow peace with all men (this includes ourselves!) so I asked Him what this feeling was. He answered in a way as only He can. There was no condemnation only love and (significant) patience. He’s so lovely!

Beloved, when we are truly in the will of the Lord we will be at peace in our spirit and heart and mind. That is not to say everything around us will be peaceful but we will be at peace; peace that surpasses understanding.

I encourage you today to do a self-check. Are you like I was, are you experiencing anxiety or frustration? Are you easily annoyed while working on whatever project you’ve undertaken? Follow the sign post to the road called Peace my friend. Heed the words of wisdom God has made available to us and be patient, in time (the right time) God’s purpose will be made manifest.


Do You Know Who You Are?

Who You Are is in Christ

Just as a husband is to love his bride Christ loves his church (his body). In the book of Ephesians Paul relays the love of Christ by way of explaining Christ’s plans for His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). God wants us to know definitively who we are in Him and who we are to Him.

It’s hard to conceive of God’s love for us, an imperfect and sin-ridden people. It’s part of our nature to love those who love us in return so we find it difficult to believe and to receive a love that’s freely given. Yet God the Father and our Master Jesus Christ calls us His “portion” and special possession. (Deut. 32:9) We are God’s gift to Himself. Mind boggling I know but it’s true. How can it be so?

Ephesians 1:3-6 from The Message bible explains it this way:

How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.

Despite all our sinsDo you see? It’s not because we’re so good, not because of anything we’ve done (or can do) but it’s quite simply through Christ Jesus that we gain access to God’s love. He purposed it so from the very beginning! That means that He saw us through His Son, the Divine Filter, and loved us. Despite our sin, all of our hang-ups and short comings God sees us as His beautiful bride. Hallelujah! Is that not a cause to rejoice? Imagine an anxious bridegroom waiting at the altar longing to see His beautiful bride walk through the doorway. There’s a moment of silence pregnant with anticipation then the music begins and all eyes turn toward the doors and enters you and me!

God is the Heavenly Bridegroom and we are His Bride. And who gives us away? His Son! “What pleasure He took in planning this. He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.” He united with us in Holy matrimony and instead of a ring He gave us His very spirit: the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 49:16 reads thus: “See I have engraved you on the palms of my hand.”

Beloved are you beginning to realize who you are? John declared, “You are of God…” that means we are His seed, His heritage. He is in us and we are in Him. Do you know whose you are?

We are God’s gift to Himself and He (Christ) is God’s gift to us. It is through/in Christ that our freedom, from sin and God’s judgement was made manifest. All of God’s plans for and concerning us were bundled up in Christ. Do you remember when Jesus said I have not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it? He was not only speaking of the Laws of Moses but He was also speaking of God’s long range plans for us. He saw us afar off and planned for us! For every misstep He planned a way out. For every tear He prepared a word of comfort, for every instance of our lives God made plans for each of us.

We are not mistakes: we are a part of God’s divine plan! If a born-again believer attempts We are not mistakes!to live a saved life (the early disciples called it The Way) without knowing who He/she is in Christ their life will be fraught with failure after failure. Only the Holy Spirit can give this revelation, if you have not received the in-filling of the Holy Spirit (as evidenced by the speaking of other tongues/a true language taught only by the Spirit) I encourage you to seek God for the baptism experience.

The following scriptures are for your study and edification. We pray that God encourages your heart in your reading and meditation. Beloved you matter to God, seek Him and allow Him to reveal Himself to you.

The Holy Spirit is the Key to All Knowledge
John 3:16
Acts 2:38-39, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:15-18

Who We are in Christ
John 1:12
Isaiah 63:8-9
2 Corinthians 6:16-18
Hebrews 12:9