“Hey Jeffro. Man, I am running out of hope….”
Those were the words that a friend recently used, when explaining to me how they were responding to all the disheartening things going on in our culture today.
Hope. Hope is what makes human beings able to cope with life. It’s what enables them to believe in a God that loves them. It’s what drives people of faith to do more, and live, like Jesus did.
Hope. A very important word.
So when my friend shared with me that she was beginning to run low on hope, I wondered if that was really possible? I mean, can you really “run out of hope?” Or do you just totally stop believing?
Websters Dictionary defines “Hope” as follows;
“A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”
So as people of faith, our “hope” is found in the fact that we know that Jesus died for our sins, and we expect him to return to us soon.
The words know and expect take our faith to a new level. As a follower of Jesus, I don’t just hope he is coming back, I KNOW he is coming back. It’s a fact. There cannot be any room for doubt. Doubt enables the enemy of our souls to sneak in and attack our hearts from the inside. Using Anxiety and fear, he will ravish your heart and mind, and leave you questioning what you really believe.
In the scriptures, John the apostle wrote these words;
“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are the ones who believe the prophecy written in this book. Rev 22:7 NLT
The author of Hebrews also wrote;
“Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28
Our scriptures for today remind us, the return of Jesus is the only thing that will change all the sadness in our world. He truly is our only hope.
So the next time you feel like you are loosing hope, remember that every story has a beginning, and an end.
This story is not even close to being over yet. Actually, it’s just beginning.
What do you think?
Till next week,