My hope is built…
Psalms 27:13 – I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living …On nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. The song writer was right; hope in our lives needs to be strong and secure within our hearts and minds, built on the foundations of what Jesus Christ has done for us. Christ is our anchor which is steadfast and sure, even while the billows and storms of life roll and roar fervently, but our anchor will definitely hold. Hope is our confident expectation in God and what He has promised. It is the sure light at the end of the tunnel that keeps us on track that keeps our spirit alive when we feel weary.
God said ‘Fear thou not; for I am with you…Yes, I will help you’ (Isaiah 41:10). We are encouraged as Christians to live life with full confidence in God, and in the journey that Christ is taking us. The bible shows us the heart of God for His children and that He plans a good future for us ‘My thoughts for you are one of peace and to have an expected end’ (Jeremiah 29:11). How do we know that God meant it? We can gather strength in knowing that when Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead, that God not only showed that He was telling the truth but that He is a God that keep His promises (1 Corinthians 15:19-22).
Therefore let us keep our confidence in this journey, knowing that it will not be in vain and that we will be rewarded (Hebrews 10:35-37). In life, when things seem to go against us and not as planned, it is easy to feel discouraged and a sense of hopelessness, as if some unforeseen force was against you, but I want to encourage you to never give up. One thing the bible tells us is that affliction and tribulation will come, but also that they are requirements that enables hope and patience to grow in us. God promises that in life we will never be made to feel ashamed for our faith, because the Holy Ghost has been given to us (Romans 5:1-5) as He had promised (Joel 2:28).
The sense of hopelessness arises when we forget God and begin to focus on things we see happening in the natural around us. Scripture tells us that in order to complete the journey of life successfully that we need to consider the things that are the invisible and eternal, the things above in heaven (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). We have a hope that supersedes our circumstances and the things that we can see; we have a hope that anchors us, we have a hope that helps us to overcome, we have a living hope that will not leave us nor forsake us. I encourage you that in the midst of your dark hour let hope arise, for God is for you and in you!
Heavenly Father, I pray that your light within me will shine brighter, and that you will always be my confidence and guide. I pray that I will always remember that you are for me and that your thoughts towards me are for good. Help me to never put my trust in the things of this world, but only in you.
Give me grace to run this race with patience and peace, knowing that you have a crown of life waiting for me in heaven. Thank you Lord. In Jesus name,
Contributor: Marius Tabois