by Daniel Rodgers

Hope in the Midst of It All
Dan Rodgers
Psalm 27:1, 3
June 1, 2003

Psalm 118:6, "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?"

Psalm 56:4, "In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me."


1. The other day I received a nice letter from SermonSearch, the folks who publish some of my sermons. They were interested in having pastors write something that had to do with encouragement and hope, in light of the war with Iraq.

2. I have to tell you, there are a lot of people out there who are terrified about what has taken place-the war, the loss of human life, and the total impact it has had on America.

3. Let me say in answer to that, I don't know of anyone more qualified to encourage people in these areas than the preacher of God's Word. God's Word gives hope!

a. General Tommy Franks did a superb job in coordinating the war effort. He can certainly tell you how the war was planned and executed, but he cannot give you hope.

b. Our President, George Bush, is the Commander and Chief. He deserves a tremendous amount of credit for bringing victory to the people of Iraq, and ridding them of the evil dictator, Sadam Hussein. However, even he cannot guarantee hope. He has certainly given us some peace of mind, but you see; hope comes from God.

4. I like what David said in Psalm 5:11, "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

QUOTE: In the 17th century, Francis Sales wrote, "Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He is your Keeper. He has kept you hitherto. Hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, he will bear you in his arms. Do no ...

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