“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)
Hope has been a theme that has been stirring in my heart for the past few weeks. I sense that the Lord wants His people to be encouraged and cautious about where they are placing their hope. Hopelessness is a feeling or state of despair; lack of hope. Many people struggle with feelings of hopelessness and depression particularly during the holiday season.
As the holidays are upon us, let us be mindful that we do not place our hope in people or things. Often times we are put our hope in the things we desire, like a new car or house, more money, restored relationships and health. It’s not wrong to desire these things, but if we misplace our hope in these things alone we may find ourselves in the snare of the enemy.
As Christians, our hope is in the Lord. He alone is our radiant hope. We put our hope in the Lord because He is our help and our shield. We trust in him with all our hearts. Our hearts rejoice for we trust in His holy name. His unfailing love surrounds us like a shield. As we trust Him, we can rejoice with joy that is inexpressible flowing from Him (1 Pet. 1:8).
Psalm 33:20-22 encourages us to let His unfailing love and steadfast kindness overshadow us continually, as we trust and wait upon the Lord!
God does not want us to trust in anything other than Him. Trusting in anything else holds no true value.
So what can we do to in the midst of our trials and suffering to persevere in faith?
Start thriving instead of just surviving. Make the most of each day you’re alive knowing that even when tough times come you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. God is for you and not against you (Rom. 8:31-39).
Overcome fear with faith. No matter what situation you may find yourself facing, don’t be afraid, because God will always be with you. Fear destroys your faith. God commands us to fear not! Fear is one of the enemy’s weapons used against us. Worry, anxiety can overwhelm us if we allow it. Guard your heart and choose not to allow fear and anxiety to control your life. When you’re feeling afraid, put your trust in Him (Ps. 56:3).
Choose to trust in God even when things seem hopeless. Trust God to keep his promise that He will never live you or forsake you (Deut. 31:6, Heb. 13:5). He is faith and just to keep every promise (1 Thess. 5:24).
Resist the temptation to give up. When you give up, you miss out on what God has to offer. Fight for your family, fight for your health. Don’t give up! Don’t stop doing good! Know that there are others experience some of the same problems you may be facing. Resist the temptation to quick. Stand firm in your faith (1 Pet. 5:9).
Turn your tragedy in triumph. God always, always leads us to triumph in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14). It doesn’t mean we won’t experience trials or adversity. Knowing that we always triumph in Christ gives us hope to endure the struggle. Don’t stop reading God’s Word. His word becomes the joy and delight of our hearts (Jer. 15:16).
You hope should be built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.