When we wake up each morning, it’s hope that gets us out of bed. More than just a fleeting feeling, hope acts like a battery, powering us up, focusing our minds, and helping us to rise above the day’s challenges. It’s our shield against fear and uncertainty.
Tim Keller, a well-known theologian, put it this way: “Human beings are hope-shaped creatures. The way you live now is completely controlled by what you believe about your future.” This tells us that hope is all about how we see what’s ahead. Hope is like a light, guiding us through life’s tough moments and challenges, reminding us that good things are on the horizon.
Jesus speaks directly about the power of hope and faith. In John 16:33, He says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” These words offer profound comfort and strength. They remind us that, despite life’s difficulties, we have a reason to be hopeful. Jesus’ victory over the world’s troubles is a promise of hope and triumph for us all.
Hope is believing that our future is bright, even when our current situation seems challenging or broken. For those that follow Jesus, there’s a bigger story – one written by God, filled with promise and good endings. God’s story for us is a story of hope, as He assures us that he walks with us and will never abandon us. This is we can build our hope on.
Holding onto hope means seeing our future in a positive light. This perspective changes everything – how we face problems, how we live our lives, and how we view our journey.
Let us find comfort in Jesus’ words, especially during tough times. May His presence be a source of hope, reminding us that hope doesn’t just help us get through life; it shapes a future filled with promise. In hope, we find the strength to keep going, the resilience to overcome challenges, and the vision to see the beauty and joy that await us.