This past Sunday, we learned that Biblical HOPE saves others. Thanks to Paul’s rock-solid HOPE in his Savior, the rest of the passengers and crew were also saved from the nasty shipwreck in Acts 27.
Still, Biblical HOPE isn’t just for those on the sidelines. Biblical HOPE also does a great deal for the individual Christian who is going through the experience. For that person, HOPE provides encouragement, it produces perseverance, and it displays character (see Romans 5:3).
But it begs a few questions: “What exactly are we hoping in? Who or what is the source of our HOPE? On what basis do we declare our faith?”
As we sit in a funeral home or stand in an unemployment line, where do we focus our hearts? On what can we hang our faith?
I have a favorite hymn that I may have mentioned in an article before. It is called, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Else (1883).” The first, second, and fourth stanzas are well known, but the words of the third verse address my questions about the source of our HOPE.
It says, “Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move, I rest upon unchanging love. I trust His righteous character, His counsel, promise and His power.”
The source of the unending HOPE that God has promised His kids is HIMSELF. We find our rest, our security and our peace in HIS unchanging love. We regroup in a crisis as we consult HIS character. We are sustained as we rehearse His promises and remind ourselves of HIS power.
Jesus is real. He is personal. He is with us. We dare not consult anything or any other person for our ultimate HOPE and comfort.
The moment we look to our circumstances for some relief, we get in trouble and start to sink, just like Peter did. As soon as we postulate the idea that our own “horses” are enough, we are in trouble. It is HIS character, HIS counsel, HIS promises and HIS power that will make the difference in any situation.
So, this week, let’s read the straightforward instruction found in Psalm 20:7 and take it to heart:
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”