hope is alive

Hope Is Alive!

Ben CerulloBy Ben Cerullo4 Minutes

Think how easy it is to get worried and anxious when you hear bad reports on the news. No wonder so many of us battle anxiety issues. Nuclear threats, mass shootings, terrorism, gender identity, sexuality issues, addictions, crime – we all could get swept up in the chaos of the world if we didn’t have God’s grace.

The Bible says there will come a day when everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so “the things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:27-28). Our world is definitely being shaken. But praise God, our faith is an anchor to hold us firm so we can remain steadfast in our hope in Him!

So what does this shaking mean for us? It means we must find God’s hope amid the chaos and uncertainty of the times. We must not only know what the Word of God says, we must believe it and build our lives upon it. Then, we will be able to say as David did, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). Then hope will be more than a nice theory – it will be our moment-by-moment reality.

The good news is that hope is alive! The Bible reveals that Jesus is hope for the hopeless. He’s our strength and confidence, our Rock in times of trouble. Although He never said life would be easy, He gave us this great promise: “Trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 MSG).

My friend, Jesus has already overcome the enemy and provided His Word as a faithful anchor for us when the storms of life come. The Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

I’ve found that when I take my eyes off my needs and focus on how awesome and powerful God is, my troubles disappear in His presence. That’s why I’m so confident that whatever problem you may be facing today, it pales in comparison to the majesty of your Heavenly Father.

So make a choice to stop looking at the mountain you face and start looking at Jesus. Stay focused on who He is, and stand on His Word no matter what you see happening around you.

Ask the Lord to give you a new perspective, showing you who He is and who you are in Him. Your Father is the Creator of the universe, and you are His workmanship, His child, and the love of His life.

My prayer for you today is this: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

Remember, when your eyes are fixed on Him, your hope will always be alive and indestructible!