The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:1-3; 13 NIV)
I pass the Ebenezer Baptist Church each day on my way to work. As do most churches, they have a church sign with various slogans on it each week. Last week it said, "Hope Is Real." I thought about it and began to think more about it. As I pondered the simple little phrase, I realized that for many people hope is not real. I believe that is one of the most important gifts we can give to another person, the gift of hope. You see, someone who is hopeless and alone usually cannot help themselves out of their situations. They have a great sense of loss and helplessness. We must come alongside and bring the good news of Jesus Christ and all that He has to offer.
Certainly this was one of Jesus’ reasons for coming to us. He said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10 KJV). I have seen one definition for hope is that says it is to look forward to with confidence or expectation. That confidence and expectation is rooted in the promise of God which is unshakeable and unbreakable. So, it seems that for those who need the reality of hope in their lives, we could help by introducing them to the promises of God. Those are always found in the Scripture.
Further, when we bring hope, we bring life. It is life changing to finally believe again. It is more than just asking God for something we so badly need; we must expect our miracle. Somewhere in the midst of asking, believing, and expecting God to answer, we will find what we are looking for. I have felt for a long time that the biggest problem we have in the world today is there are so many people who have lost hope. There seems to be so many hurts, problems, sicknesses, troubles, financial woes, family problems, world issues, political concerns, etc. It seems the world has no hope.
Well, the truth is that apart from God, our world is an awful, hopeless place. But with God's help, we can make it. I want you to know that whatever situation you find yourself in at this moment, there is hope. You may not be able to see or feel the hope, but it is there for you. Start with the promise in our reading today… read it, personalize it, pray it, and claim it! After all, it is your as the child of God.