In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead …
Somehow I grew up thinking that the world is an unfriendly place and that I wasn’t really safe. I remember a moment in school when a girl was making a point of letting me know that she didn’t like me and that I needed to be aware that other people didn’t like me too. I could remember feeling like the world kind of shifted at that point from light to darkness. Until then I had thought that people might have had their differences with me, but in the same way that I had tried to like everyone, I had expected everyone to like me. The realisation that people didn’t like me was soon followed by a realisation that people didn’t notice me. My family taught me that I would be less worried what people thought about me if \i just accepted that they really didn’t think about me much at all.
I had a hope that maybe someone special would single me out for unconditional love. I dated quite often as a search for hope. I would find someone who not only accepted me, but thought about me when I wasn’t around. In my wife I thought that I might have found such a person, but when infertility hit us I was not surprised, but I lost all hope when my wife disappeared inside her own grief and depression. My hopes for a romantic solution for the lack of unconditional acceptance, or the hopes of being the focal point of another disappeared.
Only through walking into the darkness of isolated depression and anxiety did I begin to see the light. With an eternal perspective there is hope. There is a hope that enables me to become the one who loves without conditions more frequently. There is a hope that enables me, on a good day, to give without expectations of reward. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. Reflect upon the hymn and think how an eternal hope based in the one perfect human heals the hopeless condition that we fall into:
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name. Refrain: On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand. 2. When Darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. (Refrain) 3. His oath, his covenant, his blood supports me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. (Refrain) 4. When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found! Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!
May my hope be founded eternally in you. You are constant. You are eternally accepting of me with all my faults. You lead me on the path
to redemption. Let me follow faithfully.
- On what is Christian hope founded?
- How do others use the word ‘hope’?
- How is Jesus instrumental to lasting hope?
- On what do your friends and family rest their hopes?
- How can we live more hopeful lives?