Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Honing Hope

Hope paced aimlessly back and forth, slinging her arms then wringing her hands. Earlier her daughter stormed out of the house, angry over parental rules and restrictions. The light of day surrendered to the shade of nightfall. With no word of her child’s whereabouts, Hope’s mind whirled with worry. Fear and foreboding slowly crept upward from her legs into her heart, penetrating like a knife. “Oh Lord, what am I going to do?” she cried uncontrollably.  

Human woes darken divergent minds. Conflicting beliefs converge in the souls of those who allow angst to dominate. The body reacts to a mind at odds, nearly collapsing from distress. Who comes to the aid of the afflicted? What inspires a firm stance in the face of threatening troubles? The answer—trust in the name of Jesus Christ. 

No ifs, ands, or butts about it. Jesus supplies strength to walk through the storms of life. He accompanies us, sometimes carrying us. His provisions of love, hope, grace, and peace provide the necessary courage to withstand trials and temptations. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), a helpmate in weathering the world’s torrential downpours. He is our Hope in a hopeless environment.   

Living a life without complete faith in the One true God smacks of cutting an apple in half with a dull knife. Sounds odd, I know, but stay with me. An unsharpened blade will likely skid along the surface of fruit, slipping and cutting your finger. A sharpened blade will slice directly into fruit, yielding desired results. 

Not honing the cutting edge of a knife actually leads to more danger, believe it or not. It takes more pressure to chop food with a blunt blade than with a razor-edged one. Keeping the tool fine-tuned makes it ready for use when preparing various edibles. Regularly sharpening a knife is key in providing control of its use. 

Like a sharpened knife is vital to safely cutting foods, a disciplined life in the ways of Christ is crucial to hope and faith in Him, especially in turbulence. Remember the reaction of Hope with the disappearance of her daughter? She spent a tremendous amount of energy in fear and trembling. If only she had steeped herself in the Word of God, she could have peacefully stood firm on His promises. Honing hope would have provided the trust she needed in Jesus Christ. 

Work out your faith in the One who is completely trustworthy. He supplies everything you need at the right time—He is faithful. Sharpen your senses to the ways of the Lord. Believe on the name of Jesus. Hone hope!

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. Psalm 65:5 (NIV)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121 (NIV)

This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NASB) 


  1. Yes! Yes! Love the sharpness encouragement and its connection to our faith. You truly are the Lord's writer. So beautiful, I feel like I need to sharpen some knives and a few other things as well. Thanks for the words that lead to life. My soul is inspired.