What gives you hope?
In these hard times, it can be a struggle to find hope. I know I have been discouraged lately. There is so much hardship in the world, and that has also made my personal difficulties seem, somehow, that much harder to bear. On top of that, we are all dealing with the stress of COVID-19, making it even harder to see hope in our lives. So where do you turn? Where do I turn? I find myself crying out to God, reaching out to him, for it is his great love alone that gives me the hope I need.
God’s great love carries us above our circumstances into a reality that is not just for today, but forever.
I am reminded that Easter is coming – the epitome of hope. Christ’s death on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday give us hope that we can grasp onto. Hope is now real, not fleeting but the very essence of life on earth. God’s great love carries us above our circumstances into a reality that is not just for today, but forever. Our hope is no longer earthbound. Through his love, God has given our hope wings.
A familiar verse (John 3:16) tells us that God loves us so much that he gave everything for us. And in Psalm 33: 20-22 we read:
20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
We are waiting in hope for God as we look towards Easter and all that it means. And we are waiting in hope for God, as we experience the hardships in this world and in our own lives. Because of his great love for us, we can look beyond our circumstances and see the greater plan that God has for us and for this world.
That is what gives me hope today.