Whether it is in our job, our family, our friends, or things we own, it is so easy to put our hope in all the wrong places.
“And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.”
There is a special kind of hope that nothing can take away. This is something I’ve been learning more and more as I’ve lost my job, my car, my license, and am getting closer to surgery. I should still have a positive mind and be thankful for what I have, (like my family who loves me, the roof over my head, and the food on my plate) but not put my hope in those things. We should be able to go through the unthinkable—losing every tangible thing on earth but still not lose hope when it is firmly placed in Christ.
“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from my transgressions…”
So often we forget how we have been saved from eternal death, and not only that, but that we have the gift of eternal life! We take it for granted. It sometimes has little to no effect on how we live our lives.
Well, as humans, we tend to be very self-minded. We tend to think about the here-and-now, not really taking the future outside the boundaries of time for ourselves or others into consideration.
It is so easy to get distracted. If we want to truly live for Christ we have to continually ask ourselves who and what we are living for, then watch what we are doing and how we are spending our time to see if they go together. Often times they don’t and we simply don’t realize it.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
We need to be setting our minds on things above, not on things on earth, or we are bound to be disappointed and discouraged—to lose hope.
“Instead we ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.'”
This verse has stuck out to me a lot over the years. There are things I would like to do one day. I love helping children with special needs. I’ve been working towards it and would like to one day be able to do it in some way if the Lord wills. For quite awhile, I was saying, “I hope to do that one day.” (and still catch myself saying that when I’m not giving it much thought) But ultimately, I’ve learned I need to hope for what God wants. I’ve learned what I think is best isn’t always what is best.
This has caused me (in a good way, I think) to refocus; to not only try to set goals that will glorify God and reflect Him in my life, but doing it with the mindset that if the Lord wills, it will happen. Knowing that if somehow it doesn’t happen, then it simply wasn’t God’s will for my life.
So, my point is: Though hard it may sometimes be, we need to be thanking Him for what He blesses us with and accepting what is taken away. We need to continue to strive to honor God with our hope in Him, knowing that no matter what happens, He loves us, He is with us, and we have eternity with Him.
This is a hope that will never be let down and cannot be broken.
“My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.”