When we hear people mention the word hope we often think of some thing vague, something weak, something which is there to lean on in times of trouble.
As if hope is the easy option. Except it’s not.
Hope isn’t just about hoping for nice weather or that the dress you really want is on sale. Hope is so much more, hope is about action, actually doing something. It’s about having faith, even when it seems impossible
Patrick Reagan puts it like this in his book No Ceiling to Hope: “Hope is the refusal to accept a situation as it is.” That kind of hope is not definitely not easy. It takes courage and strength.
It’s hard when you’re waiting for a break through, when you can see so much potential in someone, but they just don’t seem to get it.
It’s hard every time you turn on the TV and see children dying, and leaders lying and people hurting other people. You wonder how there can be any hope in this situation.
It’s hard when everyone else has given up, when you’re the only one holding on.
Hoping in these situations can make you want to cry, it can make you want to break down and give up. But rrue hope holds on, even when it seems impossible, even when the wall of faith seems insurmountable.
What seems impossible it can only be made possible through Christ. The only way we can ever hope to hope is through him.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:19)
Without him we have no hope, we are adrift at sea.
Without him we are hope-less.
But through Christ we can hold on to hope.
A hope that anchors and grounds us, a hope that leads us into a deeper knowledge of him. A hope that refuses to give up, refuses to accept the situation as it is. A hope that has the power to change the world.
Hope is not for wimps, hope is hard. But through Christ it is possible to have hope in all situations.