Pressing on in hope — Angus Buchan

Romans 12:12 (NKJV) — rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer

Even as I sit down in my prayer room and write this letter, we are preparing to go on a trip to an Eastern Cape Karoo area that has been ravaged with drought for a long, long time.

We thank God for the rain that has fallen on the Northern Cape, but now it’s the turn of the people in the Eastern Cape. They did have a little bit of rain and I sent a letter to the organisers and asked them, “Do you still want us to come?” and they said, “Yes please, because the people are literally losing hope.”

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Sitting here I’m saying, “Lord what can I tell these wonderful, wonderful farmers who have so much courage and who continue to farm year after year after year in semi or complete drought conditions sometimes?”

The Lord has laid on my heart one Scripture verse which is found in the Book of Romans 12:12 (NKJV), “12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;” that is the only answer we have. There is nothing new under the sun, there is no other way of living, but not just in the Karoo or in the drought-stricken areas, but even in the cities, in the ghettos, wherever God’s people are resident, they need to continue to rejoice in hope, they need to be patient in hardship, and they need to continue steadfastly in prayer, even when they don’t see their prayers answered. That’s probably the hardest thing of all, I know, I’ve been doing it myself for 40 years plus. To keep on keeping on, because the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NKJV), “24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” Jesus will do it. Our hope is not in hope, but our hope is in the Lord. Just as long as there is a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel, then we have hope.

We need to take our eyes of our situation and put our eyes on Jesus. Take our eyes off the problem and put our eyes on the problem solver and that mountain in our lives will be reduced to a mere molehill.

We thank God for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. As I get ready to leave early tomorrow morning, I know that I have the answer and the answer is Hope in Jesus.

Jesus bless you

Angus and Jill Buchan

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