There is Hope!


hope anchorSo God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. Hebrews 6:18-20

We live in a society where at times things can seem hopeless. It only takes a few minutes of listening to the daily news to get severely discouraged. Our government’s a mess, families are falling apart, God has been cast out of our schools and loved ones are sick and dying. There seems to be tragedy and devastation all around us. So my question to you is this, “Where does your hope lie in all of this?”

We all put our hope in something. If we hope in the things of this world, we will surely be disappointed. The world promises happiness in stuff and let me tell you, no amount of stuff will ever make you happy. Even extremely wealthy people who own it all are severely disappointed and unhappy. Finding the “right” person who complete you is not the answer either, because there is no such thing. We are all human and flawed and at times disappoint even our dearest loved ones. Some seek happiness in pleasure, and this too is fleeting.  Pleasure comes and goes and always leaves a sense of regret and disappointment and longing for the next fulfillment.

This world is in a fallen state and it happened when sin entered this world through the sin of Adam and Eve. But God in his great love for us paved a way by sending Jesus for us, for our sinfulness. Because of the sin passed on through Adam and Eve we are all sinners, the bible says that if we think we are without sin, we are deceiving ourselves (1 John 1:8). The bible says that no one is good enough (Romans 3:10). We are all sinners deserving of death.

So where do we put our hope? The answer in found in 1 Peter 1:3-6. The text says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

This passage explains that if we put our hope in God, our creator and the creator of the universe, we can have a living hope. God sent his son Jesus to live on this earth to be an example for us and to live and die for us. He can identify with our sufferings because he became human for us. He took on our sinfulness and suffered and died for us. He loves us that much! And then the awesome part is just as the scriptures foretold, he arose on the third day and ascended into heaven. God is not dead. When we believe and put our faith and trust in Him we gain the salvation of our souls and have an eternal hope In Him (John 3:16). God then seals us with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) who is with us as our guide and helper and the guarantee of our inheritance, eternal life!

People often question why a loving God who supposedly loves us, would allow pain of suffering in this world. But God does not cause the pain and suffering, it is the curse that goes back to the fall of man in the garden of Eden. When we put our trust in Jesus and his finished work on the cross, we gain a living hope.  We can rejoice and know that the best is yet to come. Even though there is pain and suffering in this world, if we have Jesus as the Lord of our lives, we can set our sights on Eternity where God promises there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain and that these things will be gone forever (Revelation 21:4). Jesus offers us a living hope and the bible says in Roman 5:5 that this hope will not lead to disappointment. Make sure that your hope is secured (anchored) in Him today!

Thank you Lord Jesus for the Hope we have in You! Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the penalty for my sin! Help me to fully trust you and to set my sights on eternity with you! Thank you for who you are and for your amazing love toward us! To you be the glory both now and forever! AMEN

1 John 1: 8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.

Romans 3:10 No one is righteous—not even one.

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

 

 

 

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