"Loss is inevitable, therefore hope is dangerous."
(Dan Allendar, Bold Love)
Is this true? Every one of us has suffered loss. The word "loss" conjures up images of sad memories, heartaches and perhaps feelings of hopelessness. Since we all fear suffering, we try to engineer ways to protect ourselves in order to avoid the vulnerability and pain of additional hurt and loss. For many, we try to live without "getting our hopes up." After all, it might be better to never dream or hope; that way we won't be disappointed. Unfortunately, this doesn't truly protect us from suffering future pain and God didn't intend for us to live in this manner. God has a different plan--hope.
It sounds trite and powerless, but that couldn't be further from the truth! Hope believes that despite my circumstances and what I see, God is still in control. Hope believes that God loves me and has a magnificent plan for my life. Hope gives enough light and strength to overcome another day. Hope is that small thread that cannot be broken; that spear of light that cannot be darkened; that flicker of life deep inside the soul that refuses to be quenched. Hope gives a reason to continue, to take another step in life. Hope refuses to give up; refuses to turn away; refuses to despair.
Hope is strong when it is based in Jesus Christ. Remember, Christ is Sovereign, loves you immensely and has the absolute best in store for you. Do not allow your earthly perspectives of your current circumstances dissuade and distract you from the Truth! One cannot expect to always understand God's perspective and His ways from our viewpoint. Isaiah, the prophet said,
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT)
Imagine explaining to a four year old what makes a car operate. All he sees is the wheels that go around. He doesn't see, nor understand, the mechanics of the engine and how the engine powers all the related parts of the car (transmission, axles, etc). It is similar with us. A finite mind cannot comprehend an Infinite Being. But the Lord does ask that we believe and trust in Him, i.e. we HOPE.
"One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up." (Luke 18:1 NLT) Fenton's translation says, "...they ought to persist in prayer without becoming weary." Phillips says, "...the need of always praying and never losing heart." Christ is trying to teach us the importance of not merely praying, but persistently praying without losing heart or growing weary. The Greek word for "always" means "on all occasions, perseveringly." The Greek word "give up" (egkakeo) means "to lose heart, be discouraged, give in or faint." In essence, Christ is telling us to pray on all occasions, in all situations, with perseverance without losing heart, becoming discouraged or giving up.
Prayer is our lifeline to Christ. Through Him, we can have the strength and fortitude of Hope that helps us withstand the bitter and terrifying onslaughts of losses and suffering. We mustn't give up or grow weary in our praying. Hold tightly to our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We encourage you to memorize Luke 18:1, and recite every morning for a week. Whenever you feel afraid, recall this verse and ask God to give you hope!
Luke 18:1 "One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up."
BeStrong Ministries firmly believes in the power of Hope based on Christ. Life is full of difficulties, sorrows and many unknowns. But Christ is stronger. We are here to encourage you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are struggling or need encouragement!