Hope. It’s a powerful motivator. It’s what replaces worry with calmness (Romans 15:13), despair with joy (Psalm 42:5), and cowardice with courage (Romans 12:12). Our God is “the God of hope” (Romans 15:13). The Gospel is “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27) and our faith is called “a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3).
Out of everyone in our world, Christians should be the most hopeful—confident that our future is secured by a good and sovereign Savior.
Have We Lost Our Hope?
And yet, over the last two years, I have seen disappointment written on so many Christian faces. Hope seems to be elusive and hanging just outside our outstretched hand.
Believers are disheartened by government leaders. Christian parents are dismayed of the world their children will grow up in. Church families have been ruptured over Covid issues and Christian families fearful over loss of employment from the insanity of forced mandates.
Where is Your Hope?
Yes, this world is spiraling further into sin. And yes, disappointments abound. But rather than stealing our Christian hope, and smothering our Gospel energy, each sorrow should strengthen our expectation for that glorious day when the trumpet will sound and when our Lord will “swallow up death” and “wipe away our tears.”
Jesus promised He will come back for us and He certainly will! Are we waiting for that coming day with expectancy and confidence, or have we become downcast with despair? Don’t allow the joy of your salvation to be vanquished by the sorrows of our collapsing culture.
Oh Christian, be hopeful—no, be the most hopeful person in this world—because our hope is not in the present, but in a Person who we will soon see face to face.
Heed Peter’s command, “fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
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