I found myself thinking about hope quite a bit lately.
Hit with some rough times, I found the message of hope to be one I
needed to be reminded of.
Discouragement unchecked can turn to depression and anger can turn to bitterness. I have struggled with both discouragement and anger recently and realized I needed to remind myself of the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
I went looking through the Scriptures and found numerous verses that
spoke about the hope that the Old Testament men and women of God
had. Their hope was in the prophesied birth of the Messiah. We, as
His children, now have the hope of Christ's return as predicted in
the New Testament.
However, as great as those words are, they did not give me hope for
today. For right now. I dug a little more until I came across a
few verses that I believe offers hope for the here and now. The
beauty of this passage is that it gives us hope for the past,
present and the future!
Here it is:
Romans 8:35-39, "Who
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or
hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be
slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor
life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the
future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else
in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST!
There is my hope.
No matter how bad I have blown it in the past, no matter what I am
going through today and no matter what I will face tomorrow...I am