DAY 30: Tuesday, May 12
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
If you’ve ever been tent camping, you probably have a memorable story about it. The romanticism of “roughing it” in God’s beautiful creation is usually juxtaposed by some sort of miserable adversity you can laugh about now—but at the time wasn’t so funny.
To celebrate an anniversary, we once went camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in June. Thinking it was officially summer, we prepared for it to be a bit colder, but nothing out of the ordinary. Pitching our tent close enough to hear Lake Superior, our eager hearts were ready for a relaxing trip in the great outdoors.
That first night, the temperature dipped into the low 30s. As we lay there wide awake, shivering in our pitch-black, “Superior” camping experience, our minds were fixated on the hope and anticipation of a warming sunrise… and a hot cup of coffee.
Darkness, or even the fear of darkness, can send a cold shiver down our spines. Oftentimes this comes from circumstances beyond our control and feels like more than we can handle. But in these times, the author of Hebrews reminds us to cling to our hope in Jesus. He has been, is, and will be faithful in providing the peace of His presence.
Despite a failed attempt at a morning campfire, God provided peace on our trip—even if it came in the form of heated car seats and a nearby coffee shop.
Lord, we humble ourselves before you and ask that your Holy Spirit will produce in us the hope you profess. That we would cling to your promises and your truth, even when our circumstances seem grim. Let us choose faith over fear.
When you feel stressed, discouraged, worried, or fearful today, remember that God is faithful in providing the peace of His presence.
By Adam and Rachel Widener
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