those who hope in me will not be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23b
I've decided that for this week's blog hop in Proverb's 31 "A Confident Heart" Study, I will "unpack" Isaiah 49:23b. See: Verse Mapping
I considered all the other topics, but since doubt and depression are huge issues for me I didn't feel ready to write about them. Maybe I will get there...for now, Isaiah 49:23b.
The first thing I did was personalize...
Then Heather will know that I am the Lord; when Heather hopes in me she will not be disappointed.
I need to remind myself that He speaks directly to me through His word.
Next I thought about the word "know". It doesn't say Heather will speculate or guess or think...it says "know". That is tough for me. I want no doubts. I want to be sure with everything in me that He is Lord and what He says is true. Theoretically I get it, but I still question Him all the time. And then it hit me...He is assuring me that I will know. I will get there.
But the next part of the verse speaks to that.
Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.
When Heather hopes in me she will not be disappointed.
According to Merriam-Webster, "hope" means...
: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true
So if Heather wants to know He is the Lord and thinks it could be true she will not be disappointed!
If I want to "know" and think it can happen it will.
Lord, please help me grow closer to you each day. Give me such a thirst for you that I make the time to spend with you each day, regardless of anything else going on around me. Give me the faith to hang on when I feel uncertain and lead me to a place where I have no doubts. Remind me that my feelings can be deceptive, and I can choose to believe even when I don't "feel" it. Thank you, Lord, for what you have already done in me! And thank you for what is to come!
This makes me think of a song that speaks to my desire to know Him more so I thought I'd share. Be blessed and thank you for reading!
"Desert Soul" by Rend Collective