We have sung the songs, we have heard them sung by the likes of the Imperials, we have heard the ballads such as Good King Wenceslas, and we have read the stories. We have been inspired by Winston Churchill’s speeches during World War II and commitments to honouring God from King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Francis Drake.
When it looks like it is hopeless, like the end is near, when all hope is lost — take heart.
I thought I would not see this expression in the Bible after yesterday, and then I saw it again today. The writings of Matthew are making my soul come alive with the fact that he believed that with Jesus there is always hope.
In the same story there is a ruler who has a daughter that is dying. He asks Jesus to come to his home and help him. As He is walking, a woman who has absolute no hope whatsoever left in her being, squeezes out one last attempt – to reach on to the One they call Jesus and by just touching His garment, she would be made whole. Jesus turns to her, His eyes must have been amazing, His face reveals His pride in her faith and He gives her the gift that she needed more than anything – His love – and she was healed.
I know the other story is just as amazing, but this one is the only one where Jesus turned and said, “Take heart.”
When you are down and out and feel all alone, without hope of any kind – all you need is Jesus to look at you. Do whatever you need to do to get Him to do that. It might require faith of an extraordinary kind – but He will look. When He does, my guess is that you can read His lips telling you to take heart – but even before then, His eyes will be telling you how much He loves you.
- Faith Child – Serving Him? – He is best (ptl2010.com)