Our church has recently been doing a series of sermons on “Hope” and each week as they put up the notes for the sermon, the following statement appeared:
Hope is the confident expectation that:
- things will improve
- there will be resources to cope
- tomorrow will be better than today
I’m not sure if that’s a quote from something or not, but the statement is certainly a good definition of hope. Even more, for us as Christians, it is The Hope that we hold on to–as the verse above from Psalms states, our hope is in God our Saviour all day long.
For the last few months my pain has made it difficult for me to be in church and I have to admit that seeing those words each week, didn’t always leave me feeling grateful to God for the hope I have in Him. While I know it’s true, in the midst of my own problems, it was sometimes hard to see.
My situation didn’t seem to be improving; I was concerned about financing my treatment, or being able to continue to work; when it looked like it would take time to improve, if that even happened–how could I feel confident that tomorrow would be better than today?
When I become conscious of thoughts like that, I need to go back to the Bible and the hope it gives me to keep on facing each day.
I don’t know how God will bring me through today or tomorrow and I don’t know what my future health situation will be, but I do know that I can trust God with all my concerns and I’m confident because I know He will always be with me. . . all day long.
Prayer: Father, give us all the confidence in You, that we need to continue to face whatever our futures hold. Help us to focus on the hope we have in You, instead of the problems around us. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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What helps you to focus on hope, when circumstances seem overwhelming and hope-less?