A certain hope


Have you ever had your hopes dashed? Have you ever desperately wanted something to happen and convinced yourself that it would but in spite of your strong belief, it didn't eventuate and you were left numb and disappointed? Life is often like that. Life does not always go our way and at times it seems very unfair. The hope the world offers is really just wishful thinking. Though we have no guarantees, we tend to hope for the best anyway.

Unlike the world, God offers us a hope that is one hundred percent guaranteed. He says in Isaiah 49:23 "those who hope in Me will not be disappointed."

The Bible also talks about being - "without hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2: 12). To be without God is to be without hope. All of us, in our natural state, are separated from God by our sin. We are alienated from Him because He is holy and His standard is perfection. Our future is bleak because of our sin. God, in His holiness, must punish sin and so beyond this life we have no hope, only eternal punishment.

God sent His Son, Jesus, to this world to live a perfect life and to die as a sacrifice for our sins. He rose from the dead and He now offers us hope.

When we receive Jesus as our Saviour, God promises us eternal life. "In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3 ). The Apostle Paul put it this way, "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col 1:27).

We can totally trust God to give us what He has promised. Titus 1:2 speaks of how certain our hope is. It says we have "a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time."

So no matter what life dishes up to us, nothing can take away the eternal hope that God has promised those who trust in Him.

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