There is always hope. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could neatly put away trouble with a new year; put last year’s good stuff on the shelf of memories and truly get a fresh start? We wish. We wish for a better year, and so in our hearts we hang on to hope.
There is no guarantee and wishful thinking is just …well, a wish. But there is always hope.
The fact that trouble carries over with us to a new year is truly real. A new day, starting with the brightest sunshine can bring the most unpleasant of surprises. On the worst of days we look for a glimmer of hope. “It’s on the way,” we will say, keep looking for the light at the end of the tunnel”. Or as my dad taught me to say, “Just keep looking up!”
When surrounded with new tragedies, wayward children, broken dreams and life threatening illness, does a new year automatically give new hope? I wish it was that simple.
English poet Alexander Pope wrote, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.” But where does man turn when hope dries up?”
Lewis Smedes wrote, “Is there a hope when hope is taken away? Is there hope when the situation is hopeless? That question leads us to Christian hope, for in the Bible, hope is no longer a passion for the possible. It becomes a passion for the promise.”
I believe in hope, the hope given by Jesus. In Christ, hope becomes tangible. Christ gave hope a history when he fulfilled prophecy, rose from the grave in victory over hopelessness and despair. Hope is living reality because Christ lives daily in the life of those he saves from despair. And in Christ, hope has a future since he came to give it as an eternal inheritance to those who believe in his eternal life giving work on the cross.
Colossians. 1:5 Says, “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel” (ESV)
I do wish you a Happy New Year. I pray you will look UP to the author of our hope – Jesus!
A special note to someone reading this and searching for hope, I encourage you to read the Bible Book of John. You can find it easily by going to: http://net.bible.org/#!bible/John+1 or http://net.bible.org/#!bible/John+1. The book of John is God’s book of belief and hope. Peace to you as you search for hope in God.
John 3:15-16 “whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have eternal life.”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
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