There is Hope! Believing in something you cannot see isn't easy BUT it is a prerequisite to lasting hope. Retaining hope is one of the most challenging opportunities we face here on earth. God is the answer. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is the source of our lasting hope. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? — Matthew 6:25,26
That is a good question. Deep inside do you KNOW that you are more valuable to God than the birds of the air? Verses like these seem to be easy to read and accept until we go through a difficult time. When we go through a difficult time we are tempted to doubt God’s sovereignty. Some of us are so vulnerable that we believe lies like, “God is taking a nap.” or “God is too busy for me.” “There are more important things that need God’s attending happening in other parts of the world.”
When we are hit with a lie we must embrace truth. Stand firm KNOWING God is sovereign. Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or terrified because you KNOW that God goes with you wherever you go. (Deut. 31:6) Our belief and actions must supersede our feelings in order to retain and sustain hope.
In James 1 and Romans 5 we see this happening. These are amazing passages to meditate on. Once we believe what the Word says on this topic we find ourselves trusting God even when our emotions scream differently.
I have talked with some people over the years that say I just cant have that kind of faith. They were right because they had skipped a prerequisite. In order to have hope even when we don’t feel like it we must settle a few things in our mind and heart. God is my:
Once we believe these without a doubt we are in a position to find hope even when it does not make sense. Beyond having hope we can give it. As we live for Jesus others will see a transformation and ask us why we have hope. Be prepared for this and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your words because the questions you will be asked will be open doors to share the hope that is in you.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” — 1 Peter 3:15
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