Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. … and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
[Rom 5:2, 4-5 ESV]
Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable.
Hope is something that many seek and few seem to genuinely find. But hope is something that seems to be essential to the human journey and existence. Hope can have a profound influence of the outcome of so many things. The dictionary defines hope as “the longing or desire for something accompanied by the belief in the possibility of its occurrence.” In the context of faith, hope is defined as “the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.” In short, hope is the fuel that propels the human soul to continue on the journey of life. There is a sense of something to look forward to, something to reach for, something tangible to look forward to in the future. Humanity has an innate desire to have something or someone to live for. Surveys and studies have been done about the increased productivity of the married man who kisses his wife every morning before going to work. Observations have been made about the seriously and critically ill who have loved ones motivating them to reclaim wellness health. It has even been said that the dying hold on to life until that last loved one gets a chance to say goodbye, and then they cross over. When we pray, it is full of hope in the fact that God hears and will answer, even though sometimes the response isn’t the one we were anticipating. For believers of the Gospel of Jesus, it is the hope of eternal life in heaven, one free of all the pains and trials of life on earth that gives us the motivation to keep pressing through this side of life’s journey. There are so many things in life that can rob us of our hope, and yet, God has given us so many incredible things to live for, as well as the ability to reignite hope for those who have lost hope. So, my question for you today is what have you done for someone else to inspire or reignite hope for someone whose hope is waning or has dissipated?
The most important thing you can do for another human being is give them hope. And it’s not hard. Stepping into their situation, letting them know that they are not alone, giving them something to look forward to, those are the simple things that we can do for one another that will help us keep going. For some, it’s that one person who says that they love us every day. For others, it’s the offspring that you have brought into this world that give you hope to keep going and keep trying. Still others have friendship to hold on to, people who give your life substance and value because they feel you have something to offer to them and to the world. In any case, these are all human relationships that God has given us to give us the strength and the hope to make it through each day, no matter how challenging the road may be. If you are looking for something to hold on to, hold on to Jesus. He promised that He would never leave or forsake you. He gave His very life so that we would be able to reconnect to our Creator and to one another. And then look to the people in your life that mean the most to you. If you don’t have someone close by, I am more than happy to make new friends and new connections. We are all human beings on a journey through life, and we ought to support one another through that journey. I am here for you, waiting for you, praying for you, hoping for you to find a renewed sense of purpose and potential. I am here with you and for you, not because it sounds good or because I feel obligated by my faith center to be so, but because we all need someone at some point in our lives to simply say, “I see you and I am here for you.” Be encouraged, dear one. We really are all in this together (please pardon the grossly unintentional reference to High School Musical. Yeah, I know you were thinking it.).
Hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams. ~S.A. Sachs