Hope is something that can be the difference between life and death. It can be the difference between living and existing. How strongly do you hold onto the hope God has given you?
The sermon in our church this last week was all about hope. But it was also about the fact the being a Christian does no exempt you from struggles, nor from pain, nor from death, no from sickness. God ALWAYS answers our prayer but sometimes the answer is No. Jesus said No to Jesus in Gethsemane, when Jesus asked God the Father if he could find any other way, other than sending Jesus to the Cross. Jesus begged His father to do it another way, so He could avoid taking the punishment for all our sins. But His father said “No”. Then again Paul the Apostle, the greatest Christian that ever lived probably, asked God to take away his thorn in the flesh (who was a messenger from Satan). Three times Paul asked God to take it away, and three times God said No!
God told Paul that “My grace is sufficient for you”. And this gives us hope. The hope that God’s grace is always enough, no matter what we face. I think in my personal walk with God, I have come to realise that the closer you get to God, the more the devil attacks you.
1 Thessalonians 1 v 2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly[a] mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ
The people of the church of the Thessalonians were steadfast in their hope. That means they did not really waiver. God wants us toi stand firm in our hope. Just remember why we have such a great hope. Let me remind you of a few reasons so that your hope can be big, and strong and steadfast:
- We have been forgiven of all our sin
- Jesus is coming back again, to take us to be with Him forever
- Our names are written in the Book of Life
- We have eternal life already
- When we die, we will immediately be in the presence of the Lord
- Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world
I could go on… But God bless you as you hold on to hope.
PS Did you notice the reference to faith, hope and love in verse 3 of the above passage?