1 Timothy 4:10 says, “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” In our world, people seek to find hope in many things. For some it is their job and the race to the top of their profession. Others find hope in the possibility of luck; that one day their life will be turned upside down by a chance encounter. Still others find hope in their money and possessions. Yet, everything this world has to offer will not satisfy the desires that God has placed within us.
As Christ-followers, our hope is placed in the living God! It is based on who God is and all that God has done. When times are good, God is the same. When times are bad, God remains unchanged. Whereas people fail, God never fails. God has revealed who he is through Scripture, and most fully in the person and work of Jesus Christ. God loves us so much, that He is willing to do pretty much anything and everything to be in relationship with us – even send His only Son to die on our behalf!
What’s more, God always keeps His promises. We can trust that He will be faithful. He has promised many things – including that a day is coming when it will get better. A great reversal is going to happen. The first will be last, and the last will be first. The wicked will be judged, and the righteous rewarded. Those who are suffering – physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually – will be comforted. I believe these things are true. Why? Because my hope is in the living God! A God who keeps His promises. A God of love. A faithful God. This gives me reason to hope no matter how desperate a situation I’m facing. This gives me reason to labor and strive – to keep on going and to hang in there no matter the circumstances. I’m so thankful that the hope I have is not based on who I am, but rather on who God is!
Senior Associate Pastor