Real hope only comes from God alone, but we often forget this important truth as demonstrated by our actions. Too often fear takes hold of our heart and mind, creating in us a desire to control, protect, and preserve. Without Christ, we are destined to fail in our quest for security.
Doomsday was predicted around the turn of the century under the guise of Y2K. People lived in fear as the clock ticked away life’s final days. “Stock up”, “hide out” and “lay low”, were the cries of the day! The clock hands moved forward, but life as we knew it continued unabated. Hope flourished in hearts and minds once again.
Yet it was a false hope. For we thought we were back in control, when we were never in control at all. It is an illusion we use to fool ourselves into feeling secure.
Today, a new fear has taken hold, ready to dash our hopes for a future. The prophets of doom have tried to scare us into believing their truth. We fear man and what man is capable of doing.
How to Find Hope
Once again, we must find the strength to believe and to remember our hope is in God alone. When wickedness surrounds us, we can be assured our hope for a deliverer has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ who loves us so much.
“Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth,” Psalm 71:4-5.
How to Overcome Fear
God has given us the Comforter, who is ever present in our hearts. The Comforter, aka the Holy Spirit, reminds us that we are children of God who are privileged to receive the benefits of being joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us according to Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
We must hold onto the truths of God’s Word. Reading God’s Word provides comfort, reminds us of God’s promises, and gives us encouragement to face our fear and endure whatever we must.
We are, and will continue to be, those who overcome as long as we trust in Jesus, stay constant in His Word, and obey His commands. In these is found much peace.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us,” Romans 8:37.
God is on our side, helping us through every trial. We have joy and peace because we are secure in Him. We know He cares for us.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost,” Romans 15:13.
Enjoy more words of encouragement by Linda Hull at her website, Words of Encouragement