As followers of Jesus, our ultimate hope is in the Lord. We look to God for forgiveness and strength, discernment and wisdom, peace and contentment, justice and equity.
When I entered the word “hope” into a Bible search website it came back with 202 passages! I will quote just one of those many references: “[we know that] suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-6)
I have said on more than one occasion that I’m glad my ultimate hope is in God, and not in the political realm. Not that I don’t think the political realm is important, because it is, given how much impact political decisions have on peoples’ lives. But ULTIMATELY, above ALL ELSE, my hope lies in God’s action and influence in the world.
Having said that, I still found an article I read recently to be one that increased my sense of hopefulness. It wasn’t written from a religious point of view, but instead from a political or civic point of view. The message it conveyed was essentially that although there are so many things our country is struggling with right now, that has also been the case in the past. And as a country we have overcome serious obstacles in the past and should therefore have hope that the same can happen again.
Obviously no two periods in history are exactly the same, and there may be some arguments to be made that circumstances now are worse, more dire. But for me, anyway, having this picture lifted up, having our current situation presented in the context of past history, serves to lift my hopes. If the same is true for you, I’m happy to have shared this story.
But again, our fundamental reason and foundation for being hopeful doesn’t derive from the political/civic realm. We stand instead on the most solid ground of all, which is Christ our Lord.
Hymn lyrics are not the same as Scripture, of course, but they often capture the truth and beauty of Scripture in a powerful way. So I will close with the following selected quotes from a familiar hymn:
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
“In every high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil.”
“When all supports are washed away, he then is all my hope and stay.”
“On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”
Yours in Christ, our solid rock!