So many today feel their lives are shaking, unstable, with so much bad news in the media and in their own personal lives.
Discouragement can begin to overwhelm to the point of despair, loss of hope, which according to the writer of Hebrews is the anchor of our soul.
Where can we find hope?
As I strolled through the cosmetic section of my favorite department store, I was “taken aback” by a moisture cream called, “Hope in a Jar.”
All kinds of claims are given why this product will turn back the clock. I’m not questioning that–I haven’t tried it.
But hope–in a jar?
What is hope?
The dictionary says it is a “desire for something along with confidence and belief that it will happen.” Wishful thinking? Maybe.
According to theologian G.K. Chesterton, “hope is a platitude until everything seems hopeless and then, like other Christian virtues, it is unreasonable but indispensable.”
It is known that we can live a certain number of days without food, even fewer without water. But it is said that we cannot survive without hope.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
Someone else has said, “Hope is nothing else but constant faith.”
Faith. In what?
Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.”
When hope fades and our anchor isn’t sure, we have a book of promises by our God who cannot lie!
Filling our minds with these truths makes us “abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
The story is told of a blind woman who described her world as being bright. She said it had the color of hope.
Joy–at living one more day.
Adventure–who would she meet.
Determination–to live her best that day.
A colorful world indeed!
“Hope is like the sun, which as we journey toward it, casts a shadow of our burden behind us.” –Samuel Smiles
I need this-do you?