A good reason to have that Christian hope is …
Life is tough. Physically, you may get bruised and wounded, and the scars we have are testaments to the experiences we have been through. Each time our fingers run over those proverbial keloidal scars that we bear, we are reminded of that point of injury. But our Christian hope enables us to be grateful. We survived and are strong enough to even recall it with some degree of nostalgia. We learn from our bruises. At least, that should have been the valuable nuggets we reaped during those times of pain.
Have you ever experienced natural calamities first hand? Have you ever suffered injuries as a result? I hope not. But for those of us who have this Christian hope, we recall it much awe and gratitude.
Awe – because they are referred to in the insurance contracts as “acts of God” not just as a legal term, but for the truth that they basically are. They are fortuitous events under the control of a sovereign God. He is Almighty. He allowed it to happen.
Christian hope is anchored
in a God Who does not change.
Gratitude – because I am assured that in the midst of the strongest calamities, I am secure under His divine protection. I am thankful that I am alive to testify of my survival. But would it have been any different, if I were maimed as a result? I hope not. As a statement of faith, I resolve to entrust my circumstances to God. Just like the words spoken in the book of Daniel by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to King Nebuchadnezzar as they were sentenced to the fiery furnace,
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up”
It is a resolution Christians must take if they truly know who their God is, or what He is like. That He is sovereign. That He is trustworthy. That He know what He is doing, whether I understand it or not.
That stands at the core of the Christian hope.
But life is really like that. We get broken time and again. And it is not just physical, it is the more that emotional and spiritual aspect of us that gets hit most of the time. Pain is real. Difficulties and trials are commonplace. As a Christian, God has given us His word, the Bible. He reveals himself to us in personal ways.
Christians have a personal relationship with God. We rest in the fact that we can trust His sovereignty and goodness. He has already secured eternity for those whose faith are in Him.
The above photo appears courtesy of Bong Manayon.
The above article has also been published in EzineArticles.
Will you resolve to have that Christian hope that endures?