“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” – Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
A great polish writer, Joseph Conrad, once wrote, “Without hope mankind would long be dead!” This truth was later confirmed by the Holocaust survivor, Victor Frankl, who lost his entire family during World War 11, mostly in concentration camps where he too was a prisoner. Through his experiences Frankl found that it was those prisoners who held on to hope of survival who generally came out alive. But once one gave up on hope, the end was not so long.
One of those most unfortunate things in life is people who go through life and all its trials without hope. When people who lack faith lose a loved one it is the end. Little wonder that many cling on to their objects of possession because that is all the hope they have. This contrasts with us Christians because we have one of the most powerful weapon there is in life. Hope.
Christians know before we came to be our lives were marked out already for something greater and higher as revealed by the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Nothing happens in the life of a Christian by chance because there is a God at work.
Through his trials, King David prayed in Psalm 18:1: “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” When believers are going through storms they theirs is the song: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth is transformed and the mountains are toppled into the depths of the seas…” (Psalm 46:1-2).
It is because of this hope that Christians can endure any situation while full of joy. Pressed against whatever force, Christians have undying faith, “for we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Today, therefore, whatever you may be going through be sure you live not as those without hope! Let that hope in Jesus radiate through your life and touch all those around you.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that I live joyfully because of the hope I have through faith in your son, Jesus Christ!