In the midst of my crisis (or anyone’s crisis) hope is something we cling to tightly. It, at best, appears to be the last string of relief to our grief. Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. We all want a positive outcome — more than life itself! But often, our limited minds, deceitful hearts and what the Scripture calls “flesh” somehow turns the tide on hope and ushers our minds, our hearts and eventually belief to despair; the opposite of hope.
My friend just texted me on how I was doing in the midst of my personal crisis. Yesterday I found myself hopeless, full of despair — sinning! I completely neglected the fact that Christ’s blood covered that for me already and brought us hope in Him!
My hope is flawed, it has holes and withers as the wind blows. But the hope found in the life of Christ is never changing! It’s firm as a rock — in fact, it IS the rock!
So, my answer to my friend was this. As long as I continue to hope in the outcome of my future through me and my own abilities, I will continue to doubt because I can do nothing without Christ who strengthens me. That being said, my hope is not my hope at all, it is the Hope of the One Eternal, the Hope of God Almighty, the Hope of Glory . . . that’s the Hope I can trust! That’s my Hope in crisis!
by: Mark Cruver