All My Hope Is In Jesus
A few weeks ago I was privileged to tag along with some friends to a celebration service for a newer church moving into a new building. I was excited at the invitation, desperate to hear some great preaching and experience worship in a fresh way and I was not disappointed. It was wonderful!
The pastor preached out of Ephesians and challenged me when he asked, “Where have you placed your hope?” I’ve thought about that for some time now. I first began thinking of all the things I currently hope in, such as my job and my 401K, my health and the health and of my family, and maybe even in the 2020 presidential election. Realizing I have very little control over the things mentioned, I started thinking about the things I’d hoped for in the past. Things like... I hoped I’d never get fat, or I hoped I’d never get a flat tire on the interstate or more seriously, I hoped my husband would never be involved in a bus accident. But guess what. Life, babies, and carbs led to a lot of extra weight. And just last week, I realized one of my worst fears when I got a flat tire on interstate 65 in downtown Nashville, without a spare, on a Thursday, when my husband was on the road. And much worse, earlier this year, I woke up to a text at 4 am from Troy, that read, “We’ve been involved in an accident.”
Unfortunately many of the things I’d hoped wouldn’t happen happened. But I have certainly learned that even when my worst fears were realized, God was still in control. And yes, I’ve had hopes crushed that were much bigger than a growing waistline and being stranded on the interstate, but that’s another blog for another day.
Truthfully, we commonly use “hope” to mean wish, but its strength only mirrors our desires. But real Biblical hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength stands in His faithfulness.
I’ve lived long enough to know now that having real Biblical hope in Jesus is not about believing that God won’t allow your worst fears to happen, rather it’s being confident that if and when your worst fear comes to pass, that He will sustain you. He will keep His promises! He will give you a supernatural kind of strength to keep going. I’ve witnessed it, when I’ve watched young women bury their husbands, or mothers bury their children, or fathers lose their jobs.
“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all of you who hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24
I decided a long time ago that it would be unwise to place my hope in anything but Jesus. My hope is only in The God who promised to never leave me, nor forsake me. The God who promised to work all things for my good according to His riches in glory. The God who is faithful and just to forgive all my sins. The God who promised peace that surpasses all understanding. And the God who promised me eternity in a place with no more death, sorrow, crying or pain!
Where have you placed your hope?