This is a 2nd blog on Hope. In the previous blog, I explored the 2 kinds of hope…Living and Eternal. Also, the longing of heaven was presented and the blog ended with the truth that for every believer, Jesus is our HOPE.
So with this longing, we as humans seem wired for more. We can chase a person, an experience, a goal, but we will never find eternal or living hope in any of these.
Our souls long for a more beautiful, fulfilling, timeless place. We keep looking for heaven on earth. It is not here.
Every disaster, tragic event, scary medical report, broken vow, abandoned child, aging parent, even our own physical limitations scream to us to put our hope in God, our eternal and living God.
We are His children, not belonging to this world. Our hope is realized in Him everyday. If you’re struggling to live in the hope available to you in Jesus, these steps may help you.
Get out of denial –According to Celebrate Recovery, getting out of denial means we face our problems and ourselves in order to heal. For too long we’ve repressed feelings, kept secrets, and all this causes us to isolate ourselves from God ushering in shame and guilt.
Our greatest problems generally involve other people. When we get out of denial, we can look at our circumstances for what they really are. We surrender control to God and for the first time in a while, we give that person or situation to God. He then can provide solutions, or He will teach us how to set boundaries and we experience relief.
- Read your Bible
Romans 15:4 states,
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
Believers have the holy Word of God to study, ponder and digest. You likely have several copies near to you right now. The Bible is the manual for the Christian. Personally, I have found the spiritual disciplines that relate to God’s holy word really do provide that encouragement that Romans 15:4 states. A treasure chest of divine options await those who go deep.
- Believe you are not alone
I Peter 5:9 states,
Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
It seems expected that believers will have hardship. We have an enemy. The fact that our fellow Christians are experiencing much of the same wherever they are is comforting. This is an opportunity to pray for those who may be going through what you are.
- Serve others – The enemy of our souls, loves us to feel alone, isolated. He is very patient and looks for these kinds of opportunities to discourage. Don’t let him have them. When alone, spend time with the Lord. Go to church, serve in some way at your church or through your church. Get to know your neighbor and serve them.
- Believe you have a future glory
2 Corinthians 4:17 states,
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Our suffering is not in vain. Here’s why. There’s nothing like pain to get our attention. In my blog more phrases that have changed my life one of them was, “well, God’s got their attention now.” We grow in times of pain and our character is being made more like Jesus.
We also learn how to help others. In the future when something similar happens to another person, you will know better how to assist them. The last reason our suffering is not in vain is because God is going to be sure we gain something on the other side of eternity.
This world is not our home. We are strangers. We must live here and show the world our love for Jesus by how we choose to live our lives. This is a temporary assignment, our problems are temporary and yet, sometimes, we act like they are here to stay, like they define us, and like we have no hope. This is a lie.
For those in Christ, eternal and living hope is ours now, and is a longing that will one day be fulfilled.
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. I Peter 1:3-5 (MSG)