We’ve all been at a particular time in our life where we feel there’s no hope, not even a glimmer or a spec of hope. When there’s no hope, what do you do? Think, act, seek? Want, need, expect? The hope of the Lord is near. Hope in God leads us to Him; likewise, our faith in Him. An ounce of hope in God, a mustard seed of faith, can move a boulder and a mountain of hopelessness and come out with the hope-filled, some faith will turn into faithful. Where is this hope? The Messiah Jesus! Where do you get the faith?
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” Hebrews 11:6 (NLT).
Believing there is a God, that very God who is the Father of Jesus and all things—believing God in every step of the way, even if it’s the most difficult or uncomfortable. Asking God to direct you in strengthening your faith in Him will undoubtedly help. Many things in life couldn’t have gone on without faith, and the Bible describes events where it took faith for things. Here’s a good one,
“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith” Hebrews 11:7 (NLT).
The Lord of all is our hope, a source, a light in a faulted barren world which has no sorts of hope to offer, no faith to put in. Your hope and faith in Him will rest assured with the knowledge there is hope; there is faith; there is a way, there is Jesus; there is life! Having faith means you’re bold, faith comes obeying God, which allows us not to let what the other thing is telling us to do, but the focus on Him shall remain faithful.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT).
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT).
Don’t doubt God; trust Him. God is faithful, merciful, and loving, and will never change. As it says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Hebrews 13:8 (NLT).
Without God loving us so much and giving us the precious gift of Jesus, and being graced by His love and peace, we’d be nowhere. We wouldn’t have survived as long as we have. There’d be no living hope. But God thought otherwise, so here’s Jesus, our living hope.
Before Christmas, realize reflection is a good thing. Reflecting the year, the time where the Shepherds and all were waiting for Jesus. Reflecting on the feeling the Father had while all this was ensuing warms my heart. Imagine the atmosphere, the broad scope of it all beginning to change for once, for humanity and the world. The right would be right once and for all. The upright of God would be in the world.
Hope is alive!