For the longest time, I didn’t get why people made such a big deal about hope. I thought that hope was just a feeling. Hope was just like wishing for something. Wanting something better or the security that there are better days to come. And while I believe that is all technically true, hope is much, MUCH more than that.
It wasn’t until I felt like there was no hope in a situation, that I finally understood why having hope is such an important thing. When you feel like there is no hope ahead of you, everything lacks purpose. Why try when you know nothing will get any better? Why fight through the pain if you are going to lose anyway? That is detrimental thinking. That is when our solid ground starts to wabble. When we lose hope, we lose everything.
As Christians, we have been given hope. The second we hand our lives over to the Lord, we are given hope for our real home. As believers in Christ, our life doesn’t end with our last breath. Our true life begins with our last breaths. Heaven is our real home, we are only renting space on the Earth. It’s this reality that led Paul to say this in Philippians 1:
“21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”
The fact that Paul was in prison and still had hope, proves that hope really does change things. In the above verses, Paul wasn’t wanting to end his own life because of suffering. He knew that Heaven is where the real party starts and he was eager to be in close proximity to Christ. But, at the same time, Paul knew he was being called to continue to bring hope to other Christians on Earth. So he stayed and did just that.
I have been going through Isaiah this month and want to share some of Isaiah 30 with you guys.
“19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way;walk in it.” 22 Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!”
23 He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows. 24 The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel. 25 In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill. 26 The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.”
This is what we are waiting for. This is why we fight the good fight and push through the hard seasons of life. This promise of comfort and joy is what gets us through the hard times and the long nights.
But the crazy thing is that this applies to you. It applies to me. It applies to each and every person who calls Christ their Lord and Savior. Hope is yours. Today, tomorrow, and every single day after that. You have been promised the healing of wounds, dried tears, and a prosperous harvest. You have been promised direction, security, and love beyond anything you can imagine. Whether in a place you feel safe or a place you are afraid of, God is with you every single step of the way.
This life may not be what you hoped for, but eternity with Christ is more than you could ever think or imagine. Now give that hope to others.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster