One thing that has been very noticeable since I have been walking with the Lord is that there is always hope. Hope pops up at the most unexpected times. It always comes around. It shows up and gives life a new meaning. Before that I was so used to misfortune and “bad luck” that followed me everywhere. They gave life a bad taste and they tainted everything in dark colors. Now with the Lord, hope covers the gamut of the colors of life, of a good life. Jesus is full of hope. Jesus is hope. He delivers hope all the time. He is the bearer of good news. He came to bring good news and to remind us that as long as we are walking with Him, hope will be part of the beautiful equation that sums up our relationship with Him. When Jesus died on the cross, hope died but it rose again. Jesus is alive and so is hope. If you know Jesus as your Savior, you know hope as well. Just look at Him and you will look at the living picture of hope. Jesus is the King of hope and the enemy is the king of despair. A king tends to rule with what he believes in. The enemy rules with fear, intimidation, doubt and despair. His weapon of choice is robbery. He does his best to rob us of our joy and our hope. He is so good at it that we can get to the point where we believe that there is absolutely no hope. He makes dark and gloom “realities” look so real that hope and faith vanish under a pile of bad circumstances. Today I want to be the spokesperson for the ultimate bearer of good news. I want to remind you of the hope that the Lord bought for us.
When I read the story of Lazarus and how he died but Jesus brought him back to life, I can’t help but marvel at the power of hope. Hope seemed lost. Lazarus’ family thought Jesus should go there right away before Lazarus died. Jesus waited a few days, Lazarus died and in the natural nothing could be done. Then Jesus, the God of hope, showed up. He came into the situation with a totally different set of eyes and a completely different approach. He looked at everything with the eyes of hope. He approached the situation with a heart full of hope. To Him there was no doubt that Lazarus would live even though he had died. Talk about believing in the impossible! Lazarus had been dead for four days. He had been buried. There was nothing more final than that. Yet Jesus had said that his sickness would not end in death and He believed it with great hope. When you are full of hope, nothing can stop you.
There will always be negative thoughts that will whisper in your ears and say that your situation is dead and you can’t bring anything back to life. The enemy will always try to have a funeral with no hope of resurrection. He will get you to join in and focus on the burial when the Lord is trying to get you to see the resurrection at hand. Hope is alive. It never dies. You need to change your focus and see it for what it is. It is Jesus. Jesus is not dead. He is alive and well. The hope of the Lord will shelter you from disappointment if you let it grow in you and live in you. Jesus still has the same message today. His message is that there is still hope. Nothing has changed for Him and we can be confident that it won’t change. No matter what comes our way, hope will come along with us. Hope will always show up and bless us. Hope is a wonderful blessing from God that we should cherish and nourish. If you have God’s hope you have everything. Hold on to God! Hold on to hope!
Suggested reading: Isaiah 40:31; Romans 5:5; Colossians 1:27