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Jan172012

"...bright hope for tomorrow"

It surprises folk to learn that I rarely listen to music on the radio. More often than not, I prefer silence. But just because there aren't tunes in the cab, doesn't mean there's not plenty going on in my head. Lately, the old hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" has been on replay in my mental iPod. Specifically, the third verse... 

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside...

Hope - noun; confidently optimistic of good to come.

Isn't that what everyone is looking for in these uncertain times? I have come to believe that most anxiety, depression, divorce and suicide are rooted in hopelessness. We can't see how today or tomorrow will be any better than yesterday; so, we give up... hope.

"Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ...

and strangers to the covenants of promise,

having no hope and without God in the world."

~Ephesians 2:12 

Hopelessness is man's natural default, apart from Christ. Lest we believe this outlook is reserved exclusively for "the lost", we need only review the parable of the vine and branches ("...without Me, you can [present tense] do nothing"). It is the worst predicament, "believing" the correct things about God, yet in function, living apart from Him. This has been termed Christian atheism.

So, when we find ourselves floundering in the sea of hopelessness, what is the remedy?

We must recognize that we came to this place because of misplaced reliance. It is the grace of God which causes everything to shake that can be shaken. No earthly situation, investment, vocation, location, or relationship can grant us that bedrock security we so desire. It can be found in One place, alone...

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,

a hope both sure and steadfast and One which enters within the veil"

~Hebrews 6:19

Now, that reminds me of another great hymn (click to listen)...

 

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 15:13 

 

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