Our Hope

We ask you to join us today in praying for Kenya. Back in August, Kenya had a presidential election, but on September 1st, the Supreme Court nullified the election results. The new election is being held today, Thursday, October 26th. It is still unclear how the country as a whole will respond to the political turmoil. There have been demonstrations in varying areas around Kenya, but we are praying for God to do a great work in granting peace in these coming days and weeks.

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We have now been in Kenya for more than 7 weeks! In many ways, it is hard to summarize all that God is doing in us because He is teaching us and growing us in so many ways each and every day.

Part of my Bible reading this morning was in Lamentations 3. The first 2 and a half chapters of Lamentations is the author expressing distress and brokenness. This leads to 3:16-18, which says, “He (God) has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes; my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, ‘My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD.’” What a bleak picture, one that displays no hope or happiness. There seems to be little way this situation will improve.

But then the curveball comes beginning in 3:21. The reason there is hope is because of the nature and character of God. Lamentations 3:21-26 says, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’ The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”

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Through our time in Kenya so far, Casey and I have been shown that we have often found our identity in what we do, what we produce, or what we feel. In many ways, God is growing our reliance upon Him each and every day. In the US, we understood how life worked and felt comfortable. Even at times, we felt comfortable in ministry and in carrying out the call of Christ to make disciples. However, in Kenya, there have been very few moments of feeling comfortable so far. So, we have had to ask ourselves, “What is our hope truly in? What are we truly seeking and desiring? What are we trusting in?”

At moments, we have desired the comforts of home. We have desired to be in a perfect flow of ministry, with rhythms and clarity. We have desired to know and understand perfectly how life works where we live. While these things have not been present, we are also learning what it means to be more fully reliant upon our Triune God. We have been shown that we often hope and trust in things of this world (comforts, productivity, lack of perceived difficulty), not taking God at His Word. He is our portion. He is perfectly faithful. He is the One worthy of all our hope and trust. He has brought salvation to us and continues to transform us. We know that our love and reliance upon God needs to grow by leaps and bounds, so we are seeking to commune with Him more and more.

I have never been good at leading us in family devotions, but God is allowing Casey and me sweet time together in the Word and in prayer because we have not had anyone else to turn to other than each other and the Lord. We are tasting more and more what Moses said in Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” We are learning together that we sometimes have to wait on the LORD but that He is continually faithful and present with us, growing us towards the image of Christ. He is our perfect portion and fully worthy of all our hope.

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Another update with more on what our day-to-day life looks like will be coming to the blog tomorrow!

- Aaron