Struggle and Hope

We hope for so many things. We hope for good weather. We hope that Starbucks doesn’t run out of Pumpkin Spice Latte (especially if our hope for good weather doesn’t turn out). We hope for a raise, a good doctor’s report, we hope for change.

We may be disappointed when we hope for any of those things, but we will never be disappointed when we hope in Christ!

Christ changes everything, and because we believe in Him, we have the confident expectation that the things we hope for will truly come to pass.

When we speak of the things that we, as Christians, hope for, it is not for temporal things like good weather. Rather, we hope for things that are eternal in nature…things like triumph over sin and eternal life…important things!

Before we are believers, I think it is likely that we are not very aware of our sin. Therefore, there isn’t too much of a struggle over sin. We may be aware of right and wrong to some degree, or we may understand the difference between legal and illegal. Or maybe all we know is that some things are “nice” and some things “aren’t nice”.

I think there is a darkness to our pre-believing  souls that harden us to the reality of the sin in our lives, and there is not a struggle against sin in the same way a Christian might struggle.

But Christ changes everything, and because we believe in Him, and have hope in Him, the struggle with sin changes.

First off, we become aware of our sinful nature, and the sin we commit, which can be a heavy burden. Sometimes, we can see it all too clearly, and if our focus isn’t on Christ and His atonement for our sin, we can sink into despair.

But why be in despair? Let’s be hopeful! The Word promises so much to us who hope! Even if we cannot see a way through the darkness, even if our sin threatens to overwhelm us, we put our trust and hope in Jesus, who is the Christ.

We are not yet all that we will be, but we can hope in Christ for that outcome!
 
1 John 3 : 2-3
Dear friends, now we are children of God,
and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when Christ appears,
we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Placing our hope in Christ gives us strength and peace. We do not need to be fearful and anxious, because we know that through His Holy Spirit, our hopes will come to pass.

Romans 5 : 5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

This is my prayer for you today and I ask that you join my in praying this for others:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
Thank you, Lord, for the hope we have in you!
In Jesus’ name we pray,
Amen

Toni