“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”I Peter 3:15
Three years have passed since things changed in our world. It is not hard to remember that we were living in unprecedented times when churches had gone to only live streaming their services and employers sent all their employees to work at home who were able. We were washing our hands so much that our hands had become quite dry, and we were unable to dine in at a restaurant. Some lost their jobs due to the times and there was a general fear of being another statistic in the midst of the sickness. Sports radio even had an hourly update from the CDC and reports came in on the number infected and the total deaths from the virus. There was no such thing as “business as usual”, and it seems the world had been turned upside down with no end in sight.
In desperate times like the one we were facing, people were looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and a date when all of this will end. We were bombarded by bad news and unsure when things will go back to normal or even what that new normal will be. The only thing that was certain was uncertainty. What the world was really looking for was HOPE. The hope that things will be okay. The hope that one day everything will go back to normal. The hope that they will not catch COVID-19 and the ramifications that may come with it. The hope that no one they know or love will be infected and the hope of a brighter day tomorrow. Hope is what keeps people alive and life seems to be unbearable when one is left without hope. Hope is an incredible thing and can carry one in times of desperation.
Hope is a powerful word and can change the attitude of someone who believes in it. Hope is confidence in things to come and the confidence that the thing hoped for is certain. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you have the ultimate hope of all hopes. Jeremiah 17:7 states,“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” Our hope is not in life getting back to normal, but our hope is found in the LORD. We shouldn’t hang our heads in despair as if we have no hope, because we have the hope and promises of our God. If He chooses to take us, then we will be faced with the fulfillment of His promise. God is not slack concerning His promises and He is unable to break any promises. Hope in this world will not give much assurance, but hope in our God will put our mind at ease and bring comfort to whatever despairs come our way.
Do you have the hope of Jesus Christ? In what are you trusting today? Are you trusting in man to find a solution to your worries and fears, or are you depending on Almighty God? Our world needs hope, and we have the hope that this world needs. Christian, are you ready to share the greatest hope with others? Do you complain about what is going on, or do you see it as an opportunity to share the good news with others? May our lips praise God even in times of despair, and may we never forget where our help comes from. May we be the light of hope to a dark world, and may we allow God to use us for such a time as this. Psalms 39:7 states, “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” I do not know what tomorrow may bring, but my hope is not in tomorrow, but rather in the One who died for me.