Don’t Lose Hope
Hope is trust. It has been revealed that God cares about human beings deeply on an individual level, and as individuals we have been blessed with the greatest freedoms and environment to live. When we possess the greatest hope (the greatest trust) in God our Father, life is no struggle. Jesus of Nazareth himself rebuked worrying about the basic human necessities such as food and water — he gives practical rationality to the fact that God knows what we need. God knows that we will die if we are not sustained. God knows that we have needs, worries, and doubts; in the same narrative that Jesus offers hope in trusting God, he gives question to the faith of those who worry. Why do human beings worry about food, water, shelter, clothing, anything that makes one anxious, oh you of little faith?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt 6:33)
When we seek God out as our Heavenly Father, it is through the course of this that the necessities for sustenance are naturally made available to us. They are given to us by God. Not every meal will be a miracle by our understanding, as in when Jesus of Nazareth supplied bread and fish to the masses. Sometimes it will come from our own money that we possess; sometimes it will come from a stranger.
Paul’s letters to the Romans, Hebrews, Corinthians, Colossians, and Thessalonians are intended to give hope to the Christian Church. He assures us to be patient, and reminds us that if we wait until the end, we will find that God comes through for us. The Christian Church, and anyone who trusts in God and consequently possesses all of hope, faith, and love, is in the safest Hands. You can be bold and reassured that everything happens for a reason, and that we live in the providence of the Father. When we surrender our will to the Will of the Father, there is nothing that can contend with It — God rebukes. Naturally the only obstacle to maintaining this sense hope and trust is forgetting it.
“But a hope that is seen is not real hope, for who hopes for what he actually sees? But if we hope for something we do not see, we keep on patiently waiting for it.” (Romans 8:25)
“But our great desire is that every one of you should be equally earnest to attain to a full conviction that our hope will be fulfilled, and that you should keep that hope to the end.” (Heb 6:11)
“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” (2 Cor 3:12)
“But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” (Heb 3:6)
One of the greatest despairs that we face concerns death, and yet this is another issue that can be conquered with hope, with trust that in the end, God will make everything right and new. Paul distinguishes between those who worry as not possessing this hope, and that the Christian Church possessing this hope has no need to worry.
“Also we do not want you to have any misunderstanding, brothers, about those who are falling asleep, so as to keep you from grieving over them as others do who have no hope.” (1 Thess 4:13)
The wisdom of maintaining a relationship with God gives the inheritance of the security of hope in the trust that we live in God’s providence. In the Old Testament, hope protected God’s people from shame and war in their quest for the Promised Land; in the New Testament, hope protected God’s people from fear and doubt as Jesus of Nazareth brought divine revelation to all the peoples of the world. Today, hope protects us with the knowledge that God is coming, that His justice will be executed and His Will be done. It may not be easy to live a worry or anxiety-free life, but at any time these worries and anxieties can be turned off by trusting in our Father and seeking Him out.
“Therefore, as a means of spiritual preparation, tighten up the belt about your minds, keep perfectly calm, keep your hope on the spiritual blessing to be conferred upon you at the unveiling of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet 1:13)
Psalms pertaining to the prudence of hope are made available below.
“That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments, and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.” (78:7-8)
“For my clean and upright ways keep me safe, because my hope is in you.” (25:21)
“In you, O Lord, have I put my hope; let me never be shamed; keep me safe in your righteousness.” (31:1)
“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me; for the hope of my soul is in you: I will keep myself safely under the shade of your wings, till these troubles are past.” (57:1)
“Keep in mind your word to your servant, for on it has my hope been fixed.” (119:49)
“Hope thou in the LORD, and keep his way. And he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land; when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.” (37:34)