Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

Finding A Door of Hope

Have you ever found yourself in a troubling situation and looked for a doorway out? I suspect most people have at some point in their life.

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Often times to make matters worse the position we find ourselves can be our own doing. This is probably the hardest part. It’s one thing to find yourself between a rock and a hard spot, it’s another thing to have caused it.

In the Old Testament, Israel found herself in this position time and time again. They usually followed a predictable cycle of sin, repentance and restoration.

In the book of Hosea the Lord makes an interesting promise to Israel. He promises to lead Israel to the desert to commune with them. He also says,

“There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.” Hosea 2:15

In Hebrew the word Achor means trouble.

The Lord promised to turn their troubles into doors of hope. A door separates one room from another and it separates that which is outside from that which is inside. A door is a passageway into something different.

In other words, your troubles are not the end, but a doorway for something great. The key factor is allowing God into your troubles.

Question: Do you have trouble in your life that you need to invite God into?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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2 Replies

  1. When we are in trouble we don’t think of it as a launching pads for God, but you’re right. This was a good reminder.

    I think if we did view our troubles this way, we would have better attitudes as we go through them. And instead of seeing them as something to endure, we might see them as opportunities to learn all we can.

    I often think of Joseph and the troubles he had, and yet, God used those troubles to teach Joseph. He actually saved his family, though they had sorely mistreated him. And look at the wonderful lessons we’ve learned from his troubles.

    1. Eric

      I think our troubles can definitely be opportunities for us. It’s hard to view them this way but I’m learning that opportunity is usually hidden within a crisis. It’s our part to seek God for the opportunity during the crisis.

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