Christian Bible Lesson 157: Hope from the Lord

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior, and my God.” – Psalm 42:11

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

“The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” – Psalm 121:7-8

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” – Romans 5:3-4

It is easy to allow ourselves to focus on all the challenges and hardships in life.  This is especially true when we are facing hard times.  We must always see the plan for our lives, even during challenging times.  It is difficult to think about hope when we are in the middle of hardship.

It is critical for us to understand our Christian Plan and not allow difficult times to misdirect our life’s journey.  We know from many examples in the Bible that we should expect challenging times and be prepared to face them.  As mentioned above in Romans 5:3-4 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” 

We must trust God and focus on our path regardless of the immediate challenges we face.

Laura reviewing stock inventory with the CEO

Laura is the inventory manager for a hardware store that has five locations.   Laura worked hard to earn her own say through college with a Bachelors Degree in Business.  Her family helped her as much as they could, but during college, Laura worked twenty hours a week for the same hardware store where she currently works. 

Laura manages her time very carefully.  It is critical for the Hardware Company to have the products in stock that people want to buy and not purchase products that will not sell.  The other half of her job is to make sure all the inventory quantities are accurate.  This is challenging because orders are being received every day and of course items are sold every day.  If the inventory is not accurate, it can cause a company to fail. 

Laura was completing her second year as the inventory manager.  It was December, the busiest month of the year.  During the second week of December that year, there was a major inventory challenge in all five stores.  Products that showed being in stock on the website, were not available in the warehouse or any of the five stores.  Customers at the stores were not able to find many common products on the shelves. 

Laura was so upset.  She worked so hard to keep the inventory accurate.  The executive director of the company told Laura she was on probation until the issue was resolved.  Laura was so upset.  She could not think about anything except the missing inventory and whether she would still have a job next week.

Laura went home during her day off and talked with her father.  Her father let her know that he would support her any way he could regardless of the situation. Then he told Laura that she could not allow this situation to dominate all her energy.  Their family went to Church together and prayed for Laura.  Then her father told Laura that she must not allow the situation at work to control her entire life.  He told her to do everything she could to discover what happened with the inventory, but even if she lost her job, she would be OK. 

Laura, realized her father was right.  She went back to work and did her best to learn what happened with the inventory count.  After a few days and some major testing, she realized that there was a problem with the inventory management computer system.  She reviewed her discovery with the CEO and the computer team.  The matter was resolved by the computer team.

In this situation it worked well, but as Laura father told her, even if it did not work well, she would be OK.  Laura realized how important it is focus on her life purpose and not allow life’s challenges deter her from her plan.  She must address all challenges, but not allow them to control her life purpose.  Regardless of what challenges she faces, she will always have hope from God.

We all face major challenges during our lives.  It is critical for us to not allow those challenges to completely change our life plan.  Of course we must address challenges, but not to the extent that we lose sight of our life plan.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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