Joel Plantinga

Read: Psalm 25

Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. (v. 3)

Think about a movie you’ve watched more than one time. Why do you do that? You already know how the movie is going to end, right? The hero is going to swoop in at the last minute and save the world from disaster just like he did the first time you watched the movie. We watch good movies again because we become less concerned with the known destination of it and are able to enjoy and appreciate the subtle nuances along the way that we might have missed the first time through.

Psalm 25 was written during a time of suffering and troubles. But David’s faith walked in hope because he had the assurance that God’s will and ways would ultimately prevail. Knowing this allowed him to place his anxieties and fears in God’s hands and walk forward confidently even though his present situation was less than desirable. Even before his ultimate vindication, he was already walking in the victory of faith.

As God’s people, we already know the outcome. We have an incredible assurance that is unmovable and unconditional. The gift of that assurance frees us to have hope when nobody else does and points people’s eyes and ultimately their hearts to the one who makes hope possible in the middle of despair. Like David, we can walk in victory even in our most challenging times. —Joel Plantinga

Prayer: God, give me the assurance to walk with hope in you alone. Let that hope spread to everyone in my life. Amen.