Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Promise of Hope

The word hope in essence is the belief that everything will eventually turn out for the best.  As a Christian, our faith is based on hope.  It is based on the hope that God's promises are true.  It is based on the promise that ,All things work for the good of those who love God.  It is based on the promise that one day Jesus will return to this earth to bring us to our home in Heaven.  We have a great hope, but I just wonder sometimes how much we allow that hope to influence our lives, and the lives of others.

This world has little hope.  It has been deceived into believing that all that matters is the here and now.  Instead of living for a higher purpose, many just live day to day, just trying to pull everything out of this life that they can.  No wonder there is so much sadness.  When our perspective is based on the walls that trap us, and the tragedy around us, we can get so bogged down in negativity and hopelessness.

Hope, however, calls us to look up.  The walls are still there.  Injustice and tragedy are still there, but we can see that there is something beyond our present circumstances.  We begin to see a way out.  We begin to hope.

As Christians, our hope is in the trust that we place in Jesus as our Lord and savior.  Our hope is that we are forgiven of our sins, and that we are being restored into the person that God designed us to be.  Our hope is that one day, we will live as we were meant to live.  We are eternal beings created to have a relationship with Almighty God, and to be honest, life just does not get any better than that.

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