Getting down or discouraged does not require much effort on our part.
Not today when we are bombarded with images and stories, both dismal and disturbing.
At times we struggle with our faith as a result.
But this is when we need to turn to God and His word the most.
We’ve been given a gift in the midst of this madness. It’s called hope.
The songwriter, Wayne Hooper (1920-2007) penned:
We have this hope that burns within our heart,
Hope in the coming of the Lord.
We have this faith that Christ alone imparts,
Faith in the promise of His Word.
This is what should keep us going.
If we believe that Christ is the Risen Saviour – that what He said came to pass, then we should have no doubt that it would happen again.
And the only way to bolster our faith in His coming is by reading His Word; reminding ourselves of what was and what is to come.
Once fed and growing, hope spills over into other areas of our lives.
Because of it, we can lift our heads in the midst of our challenges.
When you applied for that job and did not get it, hope says try again, something better awaits.
When your children seem to be going astray, hope says pray on, God has not given up on them and neither should you.
When you just can’t figure out how the bills will get paid, hope says “hang in there”, the Lord will provide.
When someone says or does something that causes you pain, hope says “chin up”, this too will pass.
Hope gives us something on which to fix our focus while living in this fearful world.
Let us do all we can to keep its flame alive in our hearts.