You may ask, ‘Is there a way I can get away from all the hardship, pain, and discomfort of my life?
I used to be a very anxious person. I easily got frustrated whenever I got weighed down with pressure, which killed any motivation to take any step that would even help me out. I struggled with many insecurities too, and I had this knack for competition. This broke me down from time to time and got me stressed out completely. Sometimes it choked me.
Sometimes, life may be full of stuff that causes unhappiness, turmoil, anxiety, anger, or various negative vibes. This is something that everyone wants to avoid.
Most times, we just want to run away to a place where we can find peace, joy, and hope. A place where our struggles, uncertainties, and worries won’t consume us.
Who wouldn’t want to feel hopeful?
In a world of chaos and confusion, discomfort, heartbreaks, and worries – worries about the future, about purpose, about the existence of God. I have something that can help you know.
Where you can find hope and how you can get it,
Challenging times are normal. We come to that realization at some point in our life. Sometimes, for one reason or the other, things do not work out the way we planned, and this can be frustrating we wonder if we can move from hopelessness to Joy. This leads us to find people and things that could give us hope, peace, and joy.
Is hope possible?
Not having hope is one of the most unfortunate things that could happen to anyone. It’s like losing purpose. The Bible says in Psalms 146: 5, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God;” (KJV) But having the wrong kind of hope is just as bad (see Proverbs 13:12). Hope is possible, but unfortunately, there are two kinds of hope, one is temporal while the other is permanent.
Money, fame, power, family, etc. are good reasons to have hope, they might even offer a sense of security, but they are like the wind; one minute they are here, and the next they are blown away, so putting hope in them can lead to a very rough and frustrating life. In as much as we want hope, we need to be wary of where we get our hope from, especially because we are believers, “For we are saved y hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” (Romans 8:24 KJV).
The Right Kind of Hope
As believers, we have to come to the knowledge that we are not of this world; hence, our satisfaction cannot come from the world or the things in it (1 John 2: 15 KJV). Our hope differs from the world because it is built on Jesus Christ and that he rose from death makes our hope a living hope. The new life we have in Christ is not measured by material things. Life in Christ is an unending life that can never be lost because God is keeping it for us and guarding us through our faith.
When Christ took our place on the cross, he defeated the power of sin and death and brought us to hope that we are justified and reconciled back to God.
By this, we now have hope for a new life.
We become aware that everything around us is temporal. Our lives and possessions are all temporal. We, therefore, place our hope on things of everlasting nature: the eternal promises of God. Because his words cannot fail, our hope also cannot fail.
Is it God’s Will For Us To Have Hope?
After the fall of man, God had looked for means, ways, and people that he would use to bring man back to him; he gave judge after judge, prophet after prophet, gave clues and signs that we should hope on. He said through Ezekiel, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put in you….” (Ezekiel 36: 26 KJV). Jesus was the response to God’s promise to us. God began fulfilling the hopes of his people in a way that they did not recognize. No one would have guessed that the “illegitimate” baby was the answer to the world’s cries. They expected to see a man, or even God himself; instead, God sends not an adult but ‘a baby’, especially through means that are questionable, and to make matters worse, he places ‘the hope of the world in a city where the entire world had written off (John 1: 45, 46).
The Hope Of The World – Jesus Christ
But God called that baby a Savior. He knew what he would do. In Him was the hope of Israel and whosoever believes. Here was the light to the Gentiles; here was the blessing for all nations; here was the son of David who would rule the world; here was the child of Eve who would crush the enemy of all humanity.
When Jesus was born, there was no sudden burst of Gentiles coming to Jerusalem to be taught. There was no sign of political or economic strength, no sign that the enemy had been defeated, no sign that our lives were changed—no sign except that a virgin had conceived and had given birth—a sign that no one in Judah would believe. But God does not do things the way we think, but in the way he knows will work.
When God gave us Jesus, he fulfilled his promises and brought about everything he had said. But we didn’t see the fulfillment right away—all we saw was a man, and we were looking for a God to save us. Most people did not believe that Jesus was sent by God and that he too was God, but they that believed had hope in him, although there was nothing on earth that assured them that they would actually come into the reality of the promise of God through Jesus.
Hope Is Faith
The apostles, asides from the miracles and signs and wonders, there wasn’t much that assured them that they would be accepted by God, they had faith in one man, whom they sometimes taught wasn’t even the one to save them (Luke 7: 19) The promise of God did not come into existence till after Jesus died and resurrected. Our hope was sealed by the cross, if Jesus hadn’t died the way that he did, all we would hope on is the signs and wonders, but, he gave us something else to hope on, a reality that his death was not for him, but for us, and as long as we believe on hi, this hope shall never die. When we believe in his death, we believe that our frustrations and pain die too, and when we believe in his resurrection and eternal life, we believe that our joy is unending. This is the only place where we should place our trust in Christ! The hope of the world, and what more? His undying nature makes him our living hope.