Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10: 23
One of the greatest gifts God has to give is His gift of hope. Can you imagine life without it? For those who don’t believe in Him and all He can bring to our lives, I often wonder how they wake each morning and put one foot in front of the other. Who or what do they have to believe in and hold on to? Who gives them the strength and assurance to go on when everything around them seems hopeless?
Even for many who do believe in God, sadly there seems to be a growing sense of hopelessness. There are so many hurting – so many personal and family problems, illnesses, financial issues, loss of jobs, so much dissension in our nation, chaos and hatred in our world, threats of terrorist attacks, and evil all around us. So many feel alone, helpless, and forgotten.
Yet, we know there is hope. We may not be able to see or feel evidence of it in our darkest times, but it’s there – it’s the hope we have in Christ. He is the only One who can provide the hope for us to face the future when our lives seem so uncertain, and we are filled with fear and anxiety. And with His saving grace, He gives us the hope of life eternal with Him.
The biblical definition of hope is “a belief grounded in faith and based upon the promises of a God who always keeps His Word.” God is faithful. We can trust in His promises. He knows about our lives, about our nation, and about our world. He holds our future in His hands and He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Even when the circumstances around us don’t seem to be changing, we can still continue to believe and trust in Him. We can know He will give us the strength, the assurance, and the grace we need.
He is the only one who can fill the emptiness in our hearts, and the only place where we won’t feel forsaken or forgotten. We can trust In Him.
Our most gracious and loving God, in these uncertain times, we hold on to you with the hope that you will keep us in your abiding care. We rest in your faithfulness and love and have the assurance that our futures are secure in you. May we give others the hope we find in you. Amen