“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:7,13).
You may be familiar with these verses from this well-known passage on love, but they also talk about hope.
I have become more and more aware of how much I value hope. Where would we be without hope?
Nothing makes sense without God and without the hope He gives us to face another day.
As a young person, we were given the task of writing 5 things that were important to us on paper and then imagining that we were called to give one up, and another, until there was only one left. That was the most important to us and what we felt we couldn’t live without.
I considered the things I’d written as a teenager and pondered if they’d be different now–I think they would.
Health was somewhere in that list–but I had no idea then how important health could be and how the loss of it would change my life.
Hope would now be on that list–I know God was the last piece of paper I’d want to give up and that would still be the same, but I now think I’d consider faith and hope as equally important.
God calls us to have hope in Him. Paul reminds us in Romans 12:12 to “be joyful in hope” and in Romans 5:5, that “hope does not disappoint us” – just two of over 150 references to hope in the NIV Bible–so important.
I read this quote from Patsy Clairmont recently: “Hope comes as a companion; she slips her arm around your shoulder and offers to help you stumble toward change.”*
Life is full of change so hold on to hope.
Our hope is not an unfounded optimism, but a blessed assurance of our future in Christ, that will never disappoint us.
Prayer: Father God, in the face of all the change and uncertainty we find in life, help us to hold on to the hope that we have in You. Amen.
*Patsy Clairmont, from I Grew Up Little: Finding Hope In A Big God
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
What hope are you holding on to today?
This is All Sons and Daughters singing “A Reason to Sing.” The lyrics share how when life is dark and all seems out of our control, we still need to find a reason to sing. It’s a beautiful ballad that I think will touch you. Take a moment to just turn the worries off, the alarms, the world– and ask God to give you a reason to keep singing, to keep finding hope. He will. Love you. -Lisa