Scripture Reference: Romans 5:1-9, Hebrews 6:13-20, 1 John 4: 7-19
The world is full of bad reports. Everywhere you turn it seems that things are going wrong; nothing is working out. When you turn on the news things seem hopeless. The world seems dim without light.
Sometimes even situations in our lives seem to lead to the very questions of what is there to look forward to? What is there that one can say will give us peace? In the natural everything seems lost. Often we find ourselves in the wrong situations and when we look at ourselves all we see is our inability to rescue ourselves.
We always seem to be unqualified; to lack one thing or the other. These thoughts shout to us time and again, always questioning, always mocking; how can you yet we have nothing? How will you make it? Your education is not enough, you do not have enough money, you do not have connections…
We find ourselves, like Abraham, with a promise but no way for that promise to be fulfilled. In the natural, Abraham was old, his wife barren. The Bible puts it that his body was as good as dead. Nothing was going well for him but he put his hope and trust in God. He did not consider the natural.
Our confidence should always be on the fact that God loves us. When we consider this God who did not spare His Son but gave Him up for us when we were dead in sin, then we cannot but hope. The Bible says in 1 John 4:16→ that we rely on the love of God.
Hope in Christ will always remain if we let His love be poured out; if we look at His grace. If we look at the fact that He loves us unconditionally then we will have the confidence that in the face of whatever mountains, He will step into the picture and save us. Our confidence as believers is not a good feeling that things will be okay. It is not ‘optimism’ that things will change. It is an assurance that Jesus has done it and will do it for us because He loves us and we are His beloved.
We do not ‘hope’ as the world does. We are not ‘optimistic’. What we have is a hope that does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts Romans 5:5 9:22↓.
This is love, not that we loved Him first or love Him perfectly, but that He first loved us and is the One who loves us perfectly and manifests this love in the most incredible way; by sending His Son for sinners 1 John 4: 9, 10↓ Romans 5:8↓
Our hope and our reliance is not on the love that we have for God but rather on the love that He has for us; an everlasting love, an unfailing love; a relentless love.
By giving His Son, God makes His Word sure because He did for us that which was the most impossible of tasks. He expressed His love in the deepest way possible. Where we deserved hell and death, His grace and mercy said no and He gave us life. His love made a way through the sacrifice of His Son. If He gave His son freely how much more together with Him shall He now give us Romans 8:32↓. Our hope then remains anchored in His love knowing that for us He must make a way.
We cannot trust in our love for God for it may waver but we can put confidence in His love for us for it is unchanging. His love for us gives us the confidence that no matter what, things will always work out for our good. Therefore, in any circumstance, our hope is anchored and it is firm and secure Hebrews 6:19↓.