It’s not how hard the work is, or how dreary the circumstances may be that cause one to lose heart, fall into depression, or simply call it quits. In my experiences, I have found that we lose heart in the absence of hope, when there doesn’t appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel, when the outcome is unpredictable, or when there’s no indication that conditions will improve.
In regards to hope, Proverbs 13:12 tells us that delayed hope makes the heart sick. Many sincere Christians feel overlooked, wondering when their difficult season will pass.
This Christmas season, some may find themselves in less-than-perfect situations, wondering where they are going and why they should keep trying.
Hope is the nucleus and foundation of what Christmas is all about. Christmas is about hope to all who need it—hope for imperfect situations, for imperfect people in an imperfect world.
There is hope in life, and there is hope in physical death as we look forward to receiving the fullness of God’s precious promise of eternal life. There is hope for the struggling, and hope for the secure.
We have hope while it is today, and Lord willing, we will have it tomorrow.
Christ Jesus who was born in a manger, lived as the working class, died with criminals, and returned to heaven as the Lord of all! In doing so, He left a gift for us—the gift of hope. He took the weight of humanity’s moral disease and became hope personified to God’s priceless creation.
Because of Jesus, we have a hope that will never fade, and cannot be taken away!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13 NIV).