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Christian to Christian - Sharing on Hope
‘What gives you hope?’ This is a question I was confronted with recently in the face of life events and before God on Easter Sunday.
I guess one has to start with - ‘Do I have hope?’ Yes I do. Yet I find that hope changes with the ebbs and flows of life. And what we have hope for changes. There were seasons of hoping for marriage and many kids. Then came hope related to studies, accomplishments, walking in the call of God, manifestation of healing, and more.
According to the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus, hope is an expectation and desire combined, linked to trust.
What is a consistent goal caught up within ‘hope’ then? I’d say my overarching goal have been to be content with life as the apostle Paul speaks of when he recounts how he’s learnt to be content in both times of abundance and times of lack and trials.
Ephesians 4:11-13: .. ‘I have learnt how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for al things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. (Amp)
Yes - it was in tough times about ten years ago - also financially - that that became a prayer of mine. ‘Teach me Lord, to be content…’ coupled with ‘Help me to see thins through Your eyes God.’
While in church on Sunday eve the question of where or Whom our hope lie in - was addressed.
Our hope can only be steadfast towards a consistent goal or expectation for the future when it’s put in something or rather Someone who does not change. We may find and lose many career opportunities, homes, relationships, etc. throughout our lives. Setting our hearts and full attention towards those as the main hope for our lives - can never be secure. For when we face the inevitable losses in certain seasons of our lives - we are shattered and we fall. A few of those and we burn out with accumulated disappointments and broken dreams.
But Jesus Christ is the rock of not only my salvation - but the one Constant in my life. And my hope is locked into the fact of His Resurrection. As I put my hand in His and walk forward with Paul’s words as a prayer in my heart, He becomes the beacon that I follow. I then hope for the other nice things in life - also many good relationships (which are in His will as we were created for relationship), but I don’t lose hope and become overwhelmed when I find and lose or don’t find at all…
And ’self-sufficiency’ then means for me that I’m not tied to things or people in a kind of unhealthy ‘need’ where I give up myself or my beliefs, in order to receive what I think I can’t do without.
Hope - expectation, desire and trust.
I realized today that I've needed to realign my heart. What about you? Who do you hope in? What are the things you hope for?
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