The past several weeks have found me immersed in studying the theme of hope. Wow—what a relevant topic!
News headlines tell of wildfires forcing tens of thousands to leave all their earthly belongings, jobs, and schools to flee headlong into an unknown future. These folks need a ton of financial assistance as they seek to re-establish their lives. They may even need professional counseling for PTSD. They mostly certainly need hope.
Middle Eastern refugees risk their lives to escape tyranny. These men, women and children need assistance in practical ways, too. And they need hope in huge measure.
Our government leaders push for new laws that seem stranger than fiction—including medically assisted suicide for people of all ages who decide life isn’t worth living. What??? The world’s gone mad when we think infusing people with a lethal dose of meds is a better option than giving them hope and enabling them to live a full and abundant life.
Where do we point people for help when they’re broken and battle weary? Where do we turn when we face situations that leave us feeling like things will never get better and there’s no way out?
I totally “get” the need for practical support to alleviate stress, but ultimately, Jesus Christ is the only source for true and lasting hope because He addresses our soul needs. When we cry out to Him for wisdom, He gives it. When we call on Him for guidance if we don’t know what to do or where to turn, He leads us. When we ask Him to give us His perspective as we walk our desperate strait, He most certainly answers.
Years ago our family faced a major financial challenge when our second child decided to attend Bible college in a neighboring province. As missionaries living on faith support and never fully funded, we had no idea how we’d help her pay for tuition never mind the expense of travel to and from school periodically. To say we felt stressed is an understatement.
Our car’s transmission blew ($3500 expense) an hour after she and I began the long journey to Alberta. Two days later, one of my molars broke and needed a crown. A day after that, we discovered that our car needed new tires (another $500).
The severity of our situation was nowhere near that of many folks’ but it was serious for us. We had no idea how to pay for these expenses. So we prayed, and we prayed some more. We praised, and we praised again. We poured out our hearts to the Lord, and we admitted our dependence on Him. Long before we saw tangible answers, He filled us with peace and the ability to persevere. He gave us “confidence for a good outcome under His guidance.”
That what hope is—the confident anticipation of things turning out okay because God is in control. It’s what keeps us going when we can’t see the finish line.
Ultimately hope is found in Jesus, the One who persevered and overcame death. Because of what He’s done and because He lives in us, we can persevere and overcome too.
Need hope today? Here’s a verse for you. Read it. Ponder it. And ask the Lord to make it come alive in your life. I’ll do the same on your behalf.
Psalm 62:5-8 – “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Know you are loved. And have a great weekend!
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