As Christians, we should never take hope for granted, because it’s the incredible force that inspires us to move ahead when everything around us says to quit. The dictionary defines it as a “feeling of expectation,” but the beauty of living in Jesus is that hope is more than just an emotion or a desire — it’s a fact. The Bible says that we can anchor our soul in it, because we know for certain that there is always more goodness ahead than what we currently see. When the storms of life swirl around us and we fear for our safety and wellbeing, hope keeps us rooted in the unchanging Word of God. It isn’t grounded in people, circumstances, policy, or reason, but in the eternal and immutable truth set forth by the Creator. This makes it unshakable. When all we perceive with our senses speaks of fear, negativity, and problems, we have a higher authority who provides an overflowing measure of love, joy, and peace for our souls. Despite living in a society that’s losing its way, we’re empowered to be walking beacons of light who point nervous, angry, and embittered people to Christ. As we let His Spirit fill and guide us, the Lord breaks through human barriers with His healing hand and imparts a refreshing supernatural strength that overflows to others.
My friend, what you possess in Jesus is what the world most needs. Wherever you go, Heaven goes with you, Christ goes before you, and the Holy Spirit works through you to bring love and restoration to people. Like a lighthouse shining on a dark sea, you are anointed to joyfully and gently give everyone a reason for the hope that you have!