“Anything God has ever done, He can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, He can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, He can do for you”…A. W. Tozer
It is a truism that the believer’s greatest hope for the future is the past! Have you ever considered how often the Lord instructed His Old Testament people to continually teach their young of God’s great actions in the past? “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” Deuteronomy 4:9. Why did the Lord emphasize this? Think about the story in the book of Joshua when the Lord stopped up the Jordan River at flood stage until the entire nation had crossed over. He told the priests to reenter the river and collect twelve stones and pile them up on the new land. “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying ,’What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you will say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6-7.
We live today in a dark time in our country, indeed in our world. We need to be continually rehearsing for ourselves, as well as for our children and grandchildren, of the mighty acts of God through the centuries. The fact is the greatest numerical additions (evangelism) have come in these great times of mighty spiritual awakenings, and these awakenings have always initially been sparked by a renewed awareness of both the almighty power and everywhere presence of God!
Don’t make the mistake of abandoning hope, but instead renew hope in the One who is worthy of our sure Hope. Join with the psalmist, “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”