Job 5:16--So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.
Sarah went to Uganda on a church missions trip at the age of 16. While there she saw a large signboard with the Ugandan word suubi. She learned that it meant hope. This touched her deeply. In 2011, feeling led by God at the age of 18, she passed on attending college to return to Uganda. In the city of Kampala she started a ministry for disabled children and those with special needs. Sarah has now been in Uganda for over a decade and you can learn more about her ministry the Suubi house at https://thecause.org/partners/suubi-house/; as well as contribute if the Lord so leads you.
The poor have hope because God rescues them from crafty and deceptive people (5:12-15). They have hope because God’s people listen to His call and make sacrifices in order to minister. People, like Sarah, become a wonderful testimony to God’s love because they literally are an extension of God’s love. Daniel Goleman wrote in Emotional Intelligence,“Like its near cousin optimism, hope has healing power.” The beauty of ministering to those who are hurting is not just that their mental, emotional or physical needs are met but that their spiritual needs are met. Sarah brings the love of Christ and that is superbly healing.
The Psalmist wrote, “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:5). Those are great words aren’t they! Ultimately hope, to succeed, rests on one thing—God. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
If Jesus was willing to die for this troubled planet, maybe I need to care about it too. Maybe I should love the people who live on it more. Maybe I have a responsibility to do my part to love the world that Jesus loves so much.—Richard Stearns in The Hole in our Gospel
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)