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March 26, 2021: Bouncing Like a Ping-Pong Ball

“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. People who lived in the past became famous because of faith. It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command. This means that what we see was made by something that cannot be seen” (Heb. 11:1–3, ICB).

Sometimes our hearts are full to overflowing with it; other times it feels entirely illusive. I’m referring to hope. As I write this, the COVID-19 pandemic continues. During this time, we’ve all observed in ourselves and others the ups and downs that it brings.

We may have a nice conversation, hear a message from a pastor, read a positive news report that makes us feel good, even hopeful. Then, days or even minutes later, we hear, see or take in something that leaves us feeling empty, even lost.

At times like these, let’s remind ourselves that feelings will bounce around like a ping-pong ball, but God’s Word, love and care for us are consistent and do not waver. While we work through our bouncing-around feelings, remember to take time to simply rest and find peace in God’s truth. Experience His constant presence and His assurance of an everlasting life that will make this life pale in comparison. This is faith. This is hope.

As shared in Hebrews 11, we are foreigners and nomads here on earth, looking forward to a better place—our heavenly homeland. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Heb. 11:1, NLT).

Lord, thank You that we have something better to look forward to. Amen.

Kevin Krueger is the president and general manager of WGTS 91.9 in Maryland.

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