Hope: Thanksgiving – Susanne Weegmann
Hope. What is hope, and why do we need it? And most of all, does scripture say anything about it? And how does it relate to our holidays?
Hope is a great power that strengthens us to endure difficult times. Hope helps us to stay focused when everything around us tries to distract us. Hope gives us in times of sickness the possibility to stay focused. Hope helps us to have our health, well-being and recovery always in mind.
Hope is as well-working as an engine to keep you on the way with the Lord in times where you have to wait on him. The knowledge that he will bring everything into the correct order is the result of hope.
Over the last nearly two years, while starting a ministry and writing my books, I had several times and situations where I had to lay all my trust upon the Lord. The different lockdowns and the economic situation all combined were a bitter cocktail. But God says that we are overcomers if we believe in Jesus.
Wherever you look at this moment, there are problems that have to be solved. But there is
a little secret written in God’s word about how we should go through these times: by watching him and him alone.
Do you know why? Because then you keep your hope alive, and your trust in him. And this will strengthen not only your belief, but also your family, your business, your church, and the neighbourhood in which you live.
In Psalms 62, King David writes:
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. Psalms 62:5-6
We see King David, how he describes very well in various Psalms and many different ways that God is his solid rock and the one who gives him hope. In this context, hope means trust, the knowledge deep inside you that there is someone who will always be there to rescue you. This trust and faith God has planned for every person, and his desire is that you live in that every day. Isn’t that beautiful?
Let us take this holiday to get our strength back where we lost it, get our joy back where it was stolen, and set us into the correct position to accomplish what is necessary in those last weeks of this year. Thanksgiving is also the time when you can reflect for yourself on what happened in your life, calm down from all the troubles, and set new goals. I want to encourage you to invite the Holy Spirit into your Thanksgiving holidays.
O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! Psalms 71:5-6
Hope is also a building block for your future. If you set your hope in the LORD, trusting that he has solutions for whatever comes across your ways, you look with peace and joy into your future. As a result, your decisions and whatever you do are based on him; that’s how you will be successful, although others may struggle.
Looking from that point of view, hope is significant, and we should take care of it. But how can we take care of hope?
- When we read verses where God gives us promises.
- When we remember all the situations in the past when we experienced the helping hand of God.
- When we share our experiences with the Lord with others and encourage each other to
remain in his promises.
- When we are surrounded by positive people who speak hope and encouragement into our life.
- When we pray the promises from scripture and prophecies the Lord gave us personally.
For these holidays, I have a verse for you from Psalms 100:4-5:
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
While we worship the Lord, while we give thanks to him, he is restoring for us what we need the most. Dreams and Visions will increase, new revelation is flowing, joy is set free, and the victory is on its way to change your life for the good. Hope is your great steering wheel to sail with peace into your future.
Susanne Weegmann is a German author and founder of Prophetic Fire Ministry. She has attended different Bible colleges and has served in various churches and house groups. Time and again, she has taught since 2010. It is her passion to see people set free through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This Holiday Season, Susanne Is Supporting: The Content Club Charity Program
The charity program is sponsored by the 265 Point Christian Authors Network (C.A.N.) as a “Love in Action” initiative to rally behind a cause that demonstrates the love of Christ to a person or group in need. For the 2021 Holiday season, C.A.N. will donate 50 cents to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for every book that participating authors sell between Friday, November 26th – Monday, November 29th. Together, we can stop M.S. in its tracks.