“and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
Hope may be a gift but at times hope can seem like a distant memory. Our nation has been struck by a powerful hurricane putting hundreds of thousands of lives in turmoil. Closer to home and heart, we have loved ones and friends suffering and struggling with uncertain times and difficult health issues. Often times there is no answer to the question of why life can be so challenging at times. Even in the midst of all that can adversely affect our lives, there is hope, hope that our Lord Jesus Christ will strengthen us in our greatest time of need. There is hope because God will pour into us hope for a new day, whatever that day may bring. God has never left you, not for a second of your life. God does not cause your suffering but your hope in Christ is realized by the gift of presence and resolve in the midst of suffering. A life well-lived in hope is one that knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is with you; this affirmation is made real through the witness of those who offer faith when faith seems to be failing you. A life well-lived in hope is also one that offers hope to those that are struggling and hurting. Maybe our hope lies in the promise of Jesus to be with us, “even to the end of the age.” Jesus did not promise that our lives will always be a bowl of cherries but does affirm God’s presence even in those times of perceived hopelessness. A life well-lived in hope is a witness of character that is defined by how we react to events that challenge our convictions and our faith, empowered and equipped by our gracious and merciful God. Thank you Jesus for the gift of hope and the witness of hope that others share with us.