Day 1: Foundation of Hope
Growing up I’ve seen many people suffer through the darkest valleys and struggle through tough lessons this life brings forward. Personally, I’ve had to deal with some major stressors myself. There were times I felt my sins were unforgivable and that all hope for me was lost, but later I realized that wasn’t the case. I remember being at home not know how I was going to feed my family and pay the bills. We were down to $34 in our account, but God provided. I can remember being in Afghanistan getting attacked and not know if I was going to make it home alive, but God provided. I remember feeling depressed and mentally exhausted from holding all of my hurts inside, hiding them with a smile, but God provided a peace of mind. I remember losing my grandmother, struggling financially, feeling all alone and contemplating suicide, but God provided. Through all of these things I endured. How did I do this?
Every one of these situations took me to rock bottom. For me, at the bottom, which is my foundation, is hope in Christ that He will bring me back up. This means anytime I hit the bottom there is always hope in Christ and He always provides. My Hope was not in depending on money to fix the issues. My Hope was not depending on my own hard work to get me through the struggle. My Hope was and is in Christ. We must remember that no matter what struggles life throws at us we must not lose hope. See, if my Hope was solely in achieving approval of men and only achieving material things, I would always be disappointed, temporarily satisfied, or even dead. Having hope as my foundation is what saved me. Christ is Hope.
Paul tells in 1 Timothy 1:1 that the Lord Jesus Christ is our Hope. In fact, Paul says in Romans 8:24 that we are saved by hope. That means that we should make Hope our core or foundation, so that when we hit the bottom, there Hope lives to build us back up. Lastly, in Colossians 1:27 it reads, “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." If Christ is our foundation that dwells in us, we have an everlasting Hope that keeps us not only in our good but bad times as well. I encourage you today to lean on the foundation of Hope, especially in those times where it seems like the weight of the world is on your back.
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