It is also a word that our country has been searching over the past 18 months. Americans call this the presidential election. We have the honor and privilege to vote for the person we think will bring hope to our country.
The winner of the election wasn’t even the best politician. He may not even be able to bring the most hope into our country, but his slogan resonated with the felt needs of many in our country. He said, let’s “make America great again”. Time will reveal if any sort of hope is established. It could be that America will turn to its next source of hope.
A few weeks ago, I deleted four social media apps from my iPhone and iPad. This simple move has done so many good things for me that I cannot begin to list them. Among those things, I decided to turn on the morning national news for about fifteen minutes to catch up on our world. It didn’t take long for me to notice that hope doesn’t reside in the national news.
Where does one find hope then?
There are plenty of verse in the Bible that speak about hope, but one song has been in my spirit all week-long. The beginning is where we find hope.
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ name. You can hear the song in its entirety right here.
That’s right, our single source of hope is Jesus Christ. The Democrats will not bring hope. The Republicans will not bring hope. Your retirement portfolio will not bring hope. Your cool church that waters down the Bible will not bring hope. Your hynm book will not bring hope. We often look for hope in the wrong places.
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me (Jesus), all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
A yoke is meant for one who is stronger to walk alongside one who is weaker. When we take up that yoke and walk next to Jesus Christ, we will find rest for our souls. Hope.
If you google the words, hope lives here, you will find 14.9 million results. I’m here to tell you that hope lives in an authentic walk with Jesus Christ. Any other hope is either false or superficial.
As you go about your day, where does your hope live? Does it reside in authenticity or superficiality?
May the God of peace rest upon you this day.
You are loved!