The Hope I Have – Part One

The Hope I Have – I Found Someone Who Cares

Today, my mind is on hope. As I write this, our country is waist-deep in conflict and despair, mourning, angry and in many ways lost.

COVID-19 is still here, and the information is all over the place. What do we know to be fact? Not sure at this point. I know some people who have suffered from the virus and a few who have succumbed to the virus. Those facts are not disputable.

Tensions are high. Feelings are raw. Many things are unknown, and yet in the midst of the sickness, the rioting, protesting, and desires to find answers and address the real problems this country faces, I still have hope.

Not because I have confidence in a broken system that has already confirmed long ago it’s broken and overdue for repairs. It is not because any famous person has stepped forward with all the answers to all our problems on this sound ball we call earth.

No. I still have hope and for one reason only – Jesus – the author and perfector of my faith.

When all else has given way to sinfulness, Jesus is the only one who was sinless. Jesus Christ is the only answer. It took me a long time to figure that out, but when I did, the answer in the midst of all the brokenness and chaos is still the same – Jesus.

It’s like adding two plus two. The answer is always four. Put the two and two in a different order, and you still get four.

Folks, Jesus is our only hope.

Unfortunately, for many, Jesus is not the answer for their hope. Not because Jesus can’t solve these problems we’re facing, and not because He can’t be hope for all. But rather because of their unwillingness to accept and believe Jesus Christ is real.

What do we need in this broken world full of sinful and broken people? Hope.

Who can give us hope? The Lord Jesus.

I will go one step further. What else do we need in this world? Faith.

And further still? Love.

Faith. Hope. Love.

Who best represents faith, hope, and love? Yep – Jesus Christ!

Our nation is riddled with the loss of faith, hope, and love. To listen to the media, everyone hates everyone, and there are no right answers, only the answers that come from hate. Hate does not offer faith, hope, or love.

May I submit to you many are looking in the wrong places for the answers. It’s like the old song, “Looking for love in all the wrong places.” We are looking for the wrong things in the wrong places. We have shoved God aside, out of the way. We have forced God out of our lives, and we wonder why we are where we are today.

God is love. Ask yourself this question – Do you see a lot of love lately? Feeling it from your fellow man?

We have redefined and reordered what God defined and ordered long ago.

We have allowed Satan to have his way for far too long, and we not only let it go for far too long, but we also got comfortable in our sin, we celebrated it, and we still do.

Judges 21:25, “In those days, Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”

Our creator, God, created us, and He better than anyone knows how we operate, how we function, think, and feel.

Unfortunately, many people today think they know themselves better than God knows them. As a result, we see the product of that reasoning. Our focus has turned to self, and it’s all about self-gratification, self-awareness, and selfishness.

If hope could be found in self, then why are so many people feeling hopeless?

If the answers were self-contained, then why do we spend so much time seeking answers elsewhere?

The answer?

Because God made us with an internal desire for Him. When we fail to acknowledge that we are made with a built-in desire for Him, we attempt to fill that space with everything else BUT God – the one who created us and knows us best, better than we know ourselves. Do you want to know what happens when we try and fill that spot with everything and everyone other than the Lord? We feel incomplete, empty, wanting, rarely satisfied, and always longing to fill the space.

So, what’s the answer?

Is it found in other people, things, or places? Or is it found in the one who created us?

Turn to the Lord and place your hope in Him. The Lord Jesus has the answers you are looking for.

Join me next time when we dive deeper into this subject of hope.

Until then, keep your chin up.

Bible Verses on Hope

Romans 5:5; Hebrews 6:19; Hebrews 11:1; Romans 15:13; Psalm 42:5; Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Psalm 31:24; Psalm 62:5

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