Author: Sarah Rexford
It’s times like these when hope feels hard to come by.
Sometimes seeing others go through difficulty alerts us to the very true, yet sometimes forgotten, fact that we are all just passing through earth on our way to something greater.
But when we spend twenty, sixty, eighty years here,
in that neighborhood
or this state
or that country…
and suddenly our homes and livelihoods are demolished by storms, it’s hard to remember this isn’t our home.
After all, for many of us it feels like we just lost our homes. In a sense, many did. Many are left without – simply because a storm happened to pass through their neighborhood. Earthly homes were lost in moments. Devastation came like a flood.
But devastation is only devastation when left without hope.
Where then, is hope, when earth is shattered and lives completely changed?
Hope lies in belief in the truth of what Jesus has already spoken of us. When we persevere in our suffering we know we will grow our character. When we work for character we know we will get hope. And after all that, we know we will not be disappointed.
Because that’s what Jesus says in Romans.
When we are left with nothing to boast about as far as physical material is concerned, we can boast in the hope of the glory of God. There is no greater boast.
For those left with nothing – two things remain:
- In the future home God is preparing. In the promises of God. In knowing he will finish the work he has started.
- Reason to boast. Not in what we have or do not have. But in the glory of God. In his character. In his love. And even in the hurricanes…in his goodness.
Hope is ours.
It may be easier for those in the northern parts of the country to have hope in this season. It may be harder for those in the southern states to have hope.
Regardless of our physical location, we all have the same access to hope.
All we must do is claim it.