Unfailing Hope
Testimonies - Nov 1, 2021 Author: Jeanette Green

Unfailing Hope

Two weeks ago, half-past five on Monday afternoon, our doorbell chimed. Little did we know the trouble it announced to us. A worker of our local municipality was at the gate with a prepaid electricity meter. We didn’t apply for one but were told the entire neighborhood was being converted to prepaid. The worker whizzed in and out of our home, leaving us satisfied new prepaid electricity users. We remained oblivious of the trouble that has entered our home.

Until the Wednesday. Our home's electricity tripped. And tripped. And tripped. My husband did all the necessary checks. Our electricity was restored, tripped, restored, tripped again, restored. Next, the external supply of electricity to our home was cut off. Ten minutes later, the electricity was restored. Until the next day. The electricity scenario repeated. We were puzzled, but not for long...

By Saturday, the scenario repeated again, with one difference. The electricity supply to our home remained cut off. We logged the problem with the municipality’s call center and embraced our ‘dark’ situation. That night we enjoyed takeaways at candlelight and went to bed much earlier than usual. Sweet.

Sunday came and went. This week Monday, we followed up progress with the municipality call center and were told someone would call. Tuesday, still no call. The fridge was defrosting, food was going off, our bodies and clothes needed washing. Both my husband and I work from home. We couldn’t do our work, and stress heaped up in mountains.

After two trips to the municipality, our electricity was temporarily restored. Then entered stage four load-shedding. Morning, mid-day, and evening, we had no electricity for two to three-hour slots. At the same time, my cellphone network experienced problems and I could not make any outbound calls. Hard-pressed on all sides, we were.

Though the trials of the past two weeks seemed unbearable, God used the experience to get my attention. Questions formed in my mind. Could my relationship with God exist in a world without electricity and technology? Could I do Bible study without the help of my computer and online resources? Could I actually be still, and just know that He is God?

As I searched my soul for the answers, it shocked me how much my life, and even my faith journey, relied on modern society’s systems.

While my soul was in turmoil and my frustration with our situation grew, God delivered a message to me through my husband. “It’s time to grow up! It’s time to mature in faith, to stand firm on the Rock of Christ.” Like living water, more words gushed from my husband and my thirsty soul lapped them up. I felt like I’ve been traveling through a desert and finally came upon an oasis. What a beautiful blessing.

Today, as I reflect upon the past two weeks, God leads me to explore further. Two passages of scripture slip into my heart.
Prov 13:12A) Hope deferred makes the heart sick… 
Rom 5:3-5) We rejoice in our suffering because we know that suffering produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and His approval gives us hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us. 

God whispers in my soul. “You hope for many things, but there is one hope that does not fail. You gain this hope when your faith is tested and you endure. Because only by God’s grace can you endure. So, when you remain standing, firm in faith throughout, you know God approves of you. You are His.”

Two more passages of scripture echo in my mind.
Mat 24:7) Everyone who hears and obeys My word is like a wise man who built his house on a rock. Storms came, but the house remained standing because its foundation was on the rock.

Heb 12:26-29) His voice shook the earth at that time, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven as well.” The words “once more” plainly show that the created things will be shaken and removed so that the things that cannot be shaken will remain. Let us be thankful because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please Him, with reverence and awe; because our God is indeed a destroying fire. 

The Lord speaks again. “When you feel like everything around you is being shaken, stand tall. You belong to the Kingdom that can’t be shaken. When I shake everything that can be shaken, you will clearly see what is of My Kingdom. I made you a new creation. Now, by My grace, submit to the work of the Holy Spirit within you. Bear the fruit of the tree you are.” I remember the list of the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. Do I even produce any of these?

Out of my belly, groans rise to God. “Please help me, Lord! Make my barren life fruitful.” 

This Friday, we finally received a new prepaid meter at our home and a fresh installation at our street’s electricity supply box. The end of load-shedding was announced, too. We made it through, and we were not crushed.

Like us, you might have come out of a storm, are recovering from one, or are heading into another. God warned us we shall have trouble in this world. But He gave us an anchor: He has overcome the world.

Together with creation, we groan and cry, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!” While we wait with eager expectation for our Lord’s return, our Lord equips us to shine brightly during the dark times we live in. Dressed in the armor He gives, armed with weapons that are not carnal, we can stand firm. The enemy will flee.

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