The Link of Hope
The Link of Hope
Survivors of the Auschwitz holocaust say the only thing that pulled them through horrific years of torture and captivity in the German concentration camps was to hold on to hope. Our Christian hope is linked to the presence of Jesus Christ. The more aware we are of the presence of Jesus Christ, the more hopeful we will feel. We must not hesitate to ask for Jesus’ help especially when we feel distant. We can pray simple prayers like “Jesus make me aware of You.”
Ever dragged through a day feeling alone? Ever limped along on a project, feeling unproductive and empty? Of course, all of us have had days, even weeks or months like this. Jesus is waiting for you and me to ask for His help. He says in James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask.” When we ask for help with expectation, we anticipate the answer to come. We are confident God is working. Because of who God is, we can live realistically hoping in a God who always fulfills His promises. In fact, God loves it when we pray His Word. Psalm 42:5 says, “Why are you in despair, o my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”
Pastor Rick Warren, author of the world-renowned best-seller, The Purpose Driven Life, walked alongside one of his children as he struggled with mental illness for 27 years. When his son took his life, he said, “What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”
To abide in hope means we rest in the confident expectation of God's provision. Even when things are not going our way or it seems God is taking His time in providing the outcome we would like Him to produce. He is our refuge, our joy, our deliverer, our help, our strength and our comfort. Why would we hope in medication or therapy or anything else before we hope in God? Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of HOPE make you full of joy and peace through faith, so that all hope may be yours in the power of the Holy Spirit.” As we let that verse sink in, we can accept the fact that God knows what changes are ahead of us, and He has our best interests in mind. God is faithful and will provide for us.
I was once a hopeless dope fiend and now I am a dopeless hope fiend. I don’t know where I would be without His light of hope in my life. Whether you live in a garbage heap or a palace, with the hope of Jesus, we have a bright future ahead. If in the midst of a storm at sea, a ship may drop anchor, when it does, it is secured by the huge 25 ton iron anchor that goes down deep. When strong and wild waves hit the boat, the rough waters won’t tip it over, it is safe and secure because the anchor has held it fast to the bottom of the sea. The anchor is the link of hope for the ship. The anchor holds the ship securely to the bottom of the sea, the ship is secure and safe even though it might be battered by ocean waves and torrential storms.
This is how hope works – it keeps the eternal part of us safe and secure in the storms of life. Our hope must be solidly and boldly placed in Jesus. When we are vibrantly and purposefully connected to Him, we can endure and we are secure even in life’s fiercest storms. Hebrews 6:19 says “We who are holding on to the hope of God’s salvation promises have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
We must drop anchor before, during and after the storms of our lives. We must choose to hold on to the living hope in Jesus Christ. When I had cancer, I held onto His Word by studying the names of God. When my husband was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident, I held onto hope by clinging onto His promises.
How are you holding onto hope today? I love this promise from Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Our God is faithful in any storm – cancer, addiction, suicide or even imprisonment. Choose to ‘white knuckle’ your way through your trial as you hold fast onto His Word and pray His promises. This, my friends is the link of hope.
Dear Lord, thank you for your promises. Oh, God of hope, we choose to hold on to the hope You offer us in Your Son, Jesus Christ. You never let go of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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