Now more than ever, our world is searching for hope.
And now more than ever, Christians have the opportunity to share the reason for our hope—Jesus Christ.
But what if you are a Christian and your faith and hope have wavered during these uncertain times?
Maybe, like me, you’ve been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the news reports more dreadful information about COVID-19.
If hope was a fully inflated balloon, many of us have experienced some serious deflation lately.
Dear ones, this is a normal human response. However, we must remember our hope, our faith, our belief is not based on circumstances.
We must remember our hope, our faith, our belief is not based on circumstances.
Our circumstances are always an opportunity for growth—whether they are good or challenging.
Look, I’d much rather grow during the blessed times without the challenging ones, thank you. But you know as well as I do, there are blessings we receive during trials that we would never receive otherwise.
Think about that for a moment. I bet you can recall a blessing—a valuable lesson—that came by way of hardship. Do you have at least one in mind? I have many of those. Now, I’d never want to relive some of those trials. But I’d never want to give up what I gained from the trials either.
I gained a deeper faith and trust in God. I experienced His living presence. I have been able to help others. I learned humility and gratitude.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1: 2-4
Jesus told us we would have troubles in this life. We are living in very troubling times now. If we allow them to, the troubles can rock us to the core and shatter our faith.
Brothers and sisters, we are anchored to something secure and eternal in Jesus Christ.
Just as you chose to believe in Jesus and give your life to Him,
You must choose now to believe even if there seems to be no reason to believe.
Salvation came when you believed for the first time.
Living, breathing, growing faith, and hope, and love is a choice.
But living, breathing, growing faith, and hope, and love is a choice.
When our faith and hope are challenged, we can see areas where we have falsely put our trust.
Is our faith in food and provisions? Our job? Our government?
The Bible tells us these things are temporal and will fade away like grass (Psalm 103:13-17). We are to put our hope in what lasts—what is eternal. God, His Word, and His character are eternal.
“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.”
Matthew 24: 35 NLT
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
The picture attached to this article is a little plaque that hangs in my house and was given to me by my mother who now lives in Heaven. Having said that, the plaque is precious to me. Yes, it’s valuable because it’s from my sweet mother. But the greater value is the truth written on the plaque that has strengthened my faith and relationship with God.
I cannot take this trinket with me when I die. But I know where I’m going when I die. I know that what I do in this life before I die matters. I have a God-given purpose and mission to accomplish.
We are to put our hope in what lasts—what is eternal. God, His Word, and His character are eternal.
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~Jesus Christ (Matthew 28: 18-20 NLT)
Friends, God placed you and me here for such a time as this. What a blessing!
I know things have gotten scary. But we have nothing to fear when we place our trust in God. So, when our emotions and/or our circumstances take us on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (I’m from SoCal. That’s a ride at Disneyland if you didn’t know), we must remind ourselves we are anchored to what is eternal and we will not be shaken.
Jesus said we have a mission to accomplish. Jesus said that He will be with us always.
JESUS NEVER FAILS.
Now, that gives me hope and faith to keep believing!