I have a habit of losing sight of hope. It’s not a case of losing faith, or not trusting in the goodness of God, but more of a blindness that shuts out all hope. It overwhelms my vision, to the point where I know that nothing will get better, and that I’m destined to remain trapped in that cloud of hopelessness. Well, i think i know anyway. Until i take a step back and realise how much of an overreaction that actually is.
Hope is a funny thing really. It can get you through the hardest times of your life, knowing that something better is coming, and that this is just a roll of thunder in the storms of life, yet, we seem to be so willing to let go of it at the first sign of trouble. Here’s the truth. The hope that is found in Christ doesn’t leave is, the promise of more doesn’t fade because life is hard, he is forever and always. And the only hope that fades is a hope in the things found in the world, not the hope that is found in Christ.
In some ways, my life is the best it’s ever been, i finally have a full-time job, and I’m blessed to serve at my local church on a Sunday. In other ways, life is pretty rough right now, for example, I’ve lost a lot of people i care about for one reason or another. But one thing stays the same, and is the reason i need to keep pushing on regardless of what is happening in my life or in my head. Because my God loves me, and gave his son so that i may come back into relationship with him, so that i may worship him knowing that my debt is paid, no matter how unworthy i might be and knowing that still i am loved, when i am at my worst. This knowledge isn’t an instant cure to all of life’s ills, but if this isn’t a hope that gives us a reason to hang on, i don’t know what is.
“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die, but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,”-Romans 5:2-8
The hope that is found in the promises and the glory of God is life changing. And is not a hope we should be so quick to drop at the first sign of trouble, this gift is far too precious to be disregarded in such a way. When everything seems hopeless, we cling to this hope. when everything in our lives falls apart, we cling to this hope. when you’ve lost everyone and everything you love, and you’re too tired to keep going, cling to this hope. Because the hope that is found in God is more than just a feeling, it’s a tangible presence that makes even the heaviest of storms bearable, because it’s the knowledge, that when everything else is terrible, God is good.