Down Cast

Gloomy morning and slow soul moving… why do I have these moments (sometimes days) of blah? I realize that I am a tad bit hormonal considering that I’m 28 weeks pregnant and feeling large and tired… but I miss the moments of overwhelming joy and peace that God can bring. Between children yelling and being whiny and loud, I long for time alone… in quiet… in peace… in absolute solitude. It is difficult to have time away from 3 children that I am home schooling, feeding, and am just with them all day long! I rise early most days, yet our youngest seems to have a sensor that goes off whenever anyone else is awake and he is up… and ready for his day to begin! Oh how I wish for a retreat… a time to recreate with the Lord and spend time outdoors enjoying Him and listening for His voice… reading His Word and soaking up any treasures He presents to me.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
-Psalm 42:11

The interesting part of this scripture is how the author is essentially asking his soul, “What’s wrong with you?” And his response is something he does not necessarily feel, but knows it is the remedy for the achy, down cast soul: Hope in God. What is Hope? Hope is a verb… an action. Something we do. In digging deeper, the Hebrew root word for hope is yachal which means to wait, hope, expect. Other English words used in the KJV are: hope, wait, tarry, trust, variant, stayed. So, in other words, Wait in God, Expect in God, Trust in God, Stay in God. All of these apply… and when we do these actions, we will praise Him, who is our help.

So what brings us to hope in God? For school, we are all reading through the book of Romans right now. We started last week after we had finished the book of Acts and are now in Chapter 6. On Monday, we read Romans 5:1-5.

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Our sufferings or our down cast soul can lead us to hope… but the in between steps seem to be vital for the ultimate goal of hope. Endurance and Character are how the NRSV word it… check out the King James Version for verses 3 through 4:

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope…

Woah… different words that take on a whole new meaning for “Endurance” and “Character.” So through the slow, down cast soul struggles, I must endure, be patient and also learn from the experience and allow God to shape my character… and most of all, I need to hope in the Lord. Wait on Him. Trust Him. He is our Hope!

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
-Psalm 65:5

One Response to Down Cast

  • greta says:

    Now why is this post NOT on MY blog???? :) LOL Because it sure should be! We really have so much in common! Its like you think the same things I do. Good Grief! Thank you (AGAIN) for this post. I could just read your posts and use them as my daily devotions!
    I love you. Would love to meet up with you sometime. Maybe this Summer??? I don’t mind driving to you sometime this Summer.