Hope is something we need. It keeps us going when we want to give up. Hope brings us through hardships and unpleasant things because we believe things will not always be as they are now.
Real hope is what our world needs. Many Americans are discouraged and losing hope as the racial, economical, and political divide widen in our nation. At every turn, people are looking for hope. Hope for a stronger America. Hope for unity. Hope for economic stability. We are all hoping for something better. Something more.
Our hope for more and better is perhaps God’s way of letting us know how much we need him. Often, we depend on people and things to meet our needs. We place our hope in others and expect them to give us the more and better we think we need.
Inside each of us there is a deep felt need that cannot be met, a void which cannot be filled, so we look to another human being to meet our need and fill our void. But the only one who can meet our needs and give us fulfillment is Jesus. He gives us hope to endure through every trial as we trust in him.
Hope is something we need, but who and what we place our hope in determines how our life will turn out. When our hope is in people, we will be disappointed because people are imperfect and they will fail us. They can’t give us all the answers we need all the time. Hope in money, careers, and material things will also let us down because these things do not satisfy us permanently. They always leave us wanting more.
Placing our hope in people and things will eventually lead us to give up on life because people change. Things change. But we have a God who does not change. The Bible says our God Jesus, is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus is our only real hope. He is the God who created all things and knows everything. Only he can satisfy every need we have. When we place our hope in Jesus, he gives us a peace which surpasses all understanding. His hope keeps us calm, secure, confident and strong regardless of what may be happening around us.
This hope from God is what kept me alive when I didn’t want to live. It was hope that brought me through the darkness of post-partum depression. Hope was what I clung to when I miscarried my first child and wanted to stop believing in God. Hope in God’s provision gave me the security I needed to leave my job and be a stay-at-home mom. It was hope in God’s faithfulness that kept me praying three years for our firstborn son and fifteen years for my husband’s career change. Hope in God’s love and restoration power compelled me to work on my struggling marriage when I wanted to walk away.
Hope in Jesus helps us press on in the race of life when we want to give up on people and give in to our circumstances. Friends, this is a hope worth clinging to everyday and in every circumstance..