One of the issues I see constantly as a pastor is people who have lost their hope. While many try to put on a brave face and face the world I continue to hear time and time again about how they are unsure how they will make it through tomorrow. What do we do when we have no hope? Where should our hope be placed? And how can we make it through another day with the way things are?

People are hurting, of that there is no doubt, and yet as Christians we have the answer to much of the pain that we experience in the world. But so many of us continue to suffer and when we do it prevents us from being effective servants. Jesus died to set us free – his resurrection from the dead is a prime example of that fact! In the resurrection we are shown that we are freed from the bondage of death and as Paul writes in Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

So how should we as Christian think then when the world puts us down, beats us up, and rejects us? There are a couple of principles that we should always keep in mind that will help us put life in the proper perspective and help us restore our hope.

1) Our hope is not in flesh and blood. In Psalm 20:7 David wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” If we’ve lost our hope maybe it’s because we’ve trusted in something that we ought not to. Maybe we’ve trusted in our own intelligence, or our physical skills. Perhaps it was our friends, employer, co-workers or other Christians – whomever or whatever our trust has been put it unless it is in the Lord it will eventually fail. People are people after all and they will let us down. Stuff/things will break, wear out, fade away. Yet we can trust in God because he is eternal, he will never fade or diminish, he will never let us down.

2) This is similar to the first one but it is slightly different – our hope should be grounded firmly in the gospel. If we are Christians it is the gospel that gives us hope because in the gospel we find life! Christ died on the cross in order for us to have life, to free us from our bondage to sin, and to reestablish our relationship with God. When a Christian loses hope we need to be reminded of the simple truths of the gospel. Like the poem reads, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” When life gets us down we have to remember that we can have hope because of the gospel and the work of Jesus.

Though this world offers us very little in the way of hope we should keep these simple principles in mind and lean on Jesus in our times of need. He’s the cornerstone and firm foundation that we can rely on – after all the foundation of Christ Jesus doesn’t move.

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