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Weekly devotional: Hang in there

Oct. 4, 2020

  • KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.


Heluhelu Baibala

No laila, mai kiola aku ʻoukou i ko ʻoukou
paulele ʻana, ka mea e uku nui ʻia mai ana.
ʻO ke ahonui ko ʻoukou mea e pono ai, i loaʻa
mai ai iā ʻoukou ka pono i haʻi mua ʻia mai, ma
hope iho o kā ʻoukou hana ʻana i ka makemake
o ke Akua. - Hebera 10:35-36


Therefore, do not throw away your confidence,
which has a great reward.
For you have need of endurance, so that when
you have done the will of God, you may receive
what was promised. - Hebrews 10:35-36


He manaʻo o ke kahu

This pandemic seems to be going on forever, not just here in Hawaiʻi, but all around the world. The need to be socially distant is difficult, especially for folks who are socially connected. Working from home, teaching from home and learning from home is tough. This can be wearing and tiring, physically and emotionally.

What will get us off this roller coaster of emotions? In this mindset, think of what is guiding us right now. When we get to this point, the thing that is speaking so loudly to us is fear. Fear is what overcomes us when our faith is weak. If we can just see the situation before us through the eyes of faith, we will be able to see that we can get through this and we will be able to conquer that nagging fear.

There will always be a nagging problem that we just can’t get away from. That doesn’t mean we give up hope. The Apostle Paul was going through a prolonged struggle, pondering why ke Akua would give him this challenge. He implored ka Haku three times that it would leave him. Ke Akua’s response was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:9)

Let us learn from Paul and see that we need to realize where our strength is. It is not in being strong. Our strength is in being weak. The way to win, is to know that WE cannot triumph over it. Only God can. Paul notes in verse 10, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

That is our hope, that is what we cling on to. That is the confidence that we should never let go of. As we hilinaʻi in Kristo (trust in Christ), we will be comforted, we will be rewarded, we will have hope. Let’s hang in there and see what is to be revealed on the other side of this pandemic. Let us never give up hope by keeping our faith in ke Akua.

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