We spend our days hoping.
A new car; boyfriend; a miracle of healing; new job; new spouse! LOL!
Have you ever hoped for something so much you would do almost anything to get it?
The levels are foundational depending on your goal.
I hope the neighbor’s puppy stops whining and howling whenever she is outside.
Many across our nation right now hope to get a job.
The shy high school kid hoped to get a date at the prom.
The boy across the street hoped his father would be home soon from Iraq.
Heather McCoy hoped to breathe normally; she got new lungs and she is on her way to receiving that blessing.
Fundamentally we can’t live without hope. Why?
It is something to look forward to. Hope is a reason to keep going. It is the means to an end. Hope is the future.
Romans 8:24-25 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
From a personal standpoint I can honestly say we really cannot live without hope. Having experienced “hopelessness” myself, is one of the worst places emotionally a person can be.
The dark space it inhabits reeks of death. Lost in a sea of desperation, gloom and wretchedness this dungeon becomes a reality in and of itself. Trapped and unable to escape it yields an unbearable misery.
First and foremost is to never allow yourself to get to that point. Dig your heels into God’s word; pray and reach for Jesus on the Cross. No pill or therapy is a substitute for God and his awesome promises.
If there was ever a period of time our nation needs hope it is now. We stand in the midst of fiery trials, wars, natural disasters and a lost generation.
Obvious is the nature of need in our society. Grappling with surviving many don’t realize they are crying out for discernment and rationalization of why life is the way it is.
Hope brings the heart back where it belongs. Instead of wearing it on our sleeve, it is safe and protected where God created it in the first place.
Learning the ropes of climbing out of the pain of “no hope” is easy to recognize once you have been there. Yet many like me made it out only by the grace of God but his grace was sufficient.
Now on the other side or out of the dirt and mire gives a whole new meaning on what our focus should be. Shoveling off the filth our position changes to resting and remaining in the hope of God to bring us through whatever we face. Our perspective becomes a panorama of Jesus on the cross bearing our burdens for us.
Hope is set on a lonely hill where he did for us what we could never do for ourselves.
He arose 3 days later after defeating hopelessness in an array of glory and righteousness.
Darkness was beaten by light.
And that my friends is the “Hope” of the world.
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