Posted on March 21, 2016
There is Always Hope
Are you feeling hopeless today? I want to encourage you that in Jesus Christ, there is always hope.
Recently I have read several things that express hopelessness- that nothing in a situation could possibly change, or that there could never be an improvement on an issue. It left me thinking how ‘big’ is our God, and do we really trust Him beyond what we can see? And if we are Christians, do we really believe that there is always hope in Jesus Christ?
Our circumstances will not always change, but…
Now, I am not saying that all things that happen that we do not like will change. I am also not suggesting that if we just have a little more faith, or just try a bit harder, everything will work out the way we want it to. Anyone who has lost a loved one ‘before their time’, in human terms, has to accept that they are gone for good, sooner or later. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, even in this circumstance we have hope, in light of eternity. If we have put our faith in Him as our Lord and Saviour, one day we will always be in His presence, and
‘ “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” ‘ Revelation 21:4
What we cannot see
In other circumstances however, things which may very much appear dead or hopeless to our human understanding, may indeed be revived or even resurrected by God. My husband and I would see our own marriage relationship as one example of this. To each of us at the time, and to many others around us, there was no way that things could possibly be changed, because of what we could see. However, ‘faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see’ (Hebrews 11:1), and thankfully there were a small handful of Christians who stood with me for the reconciliation of our marriage, and to help me have hope, against all appearances.
A Christian singer songwriter whom I came across at that time, whose songs I found very encouraging, was Sarah Groves. Her song ‘It Might Be Hope’ conveys well what I am trying in faltering words to express here:
‘It’s hard to recall what put out the flame, it’s been dark here since you can remember, you talk it all through to find it a name, as days go on without number, you’ve been here for a long long time..
But hope has a way of turning it’s face to you, just when you least expect it. You walk in a room, you look out a window and something there leaves you breathless. You say to yourself, it’s been a while since I felt this, but it feels like it might be hope.’
‘It Might Be Hope’
2nd verse and chorus, © 2007 Sarah Groves Music
Her songs ‘Love Is Still A Worthy Cause’ and ‘It’s Going to Be Alright’ were also poignant for me, particularly as the latter speaks about someone being upheld in prayer and faith by other believers, which was definitely what I experienced.
So, my point is that these changes and encouragements do not come when we are expecting them- we can ‘see’ them only by trusting the Lord and who He is, not by looking at our circumstances with human eyes, and disappointment with what human attempts have been able to achieve in their own power.
Remember Who God is
Finally, as I have just hinted, we need to remember if we are Christians, Who it is that we worship.
When Abraham’s wife Sarah laughed that she would have a child in her old age, ‘Then the LORD said to Abraham “Why did Sarah laugh and say ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:13-14, emphasis added).
Later in the Old Testament, Jeremiah prays, ‘ “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” ‘ (Jeremiah 32:17, emphasis added), and Paul says that ‘On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers’ (2 Corinthians 1:10-11).
The letter to the Romans refers to Him as ‘the God of hope’, and asks that they be filled ‘with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 15:13, emphasis added).
So if you are feeling hopeless today, start to focus on Who God is, and the hope He brings. Search out Scriptures that will help you to put your trust in Almighty God, and your eyes will be fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), rather than the impossible circumstances you are in.
As many Christians around the world will be celebrating Jesus conquering sin and death on the cross, and His resurrection from death this week, remember that he is ‘the same yesterday, today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8), and in Him, there is always hope for us too, no matter what our circumstances.
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