"Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane."
Red from The Shawshank Redemption
Forced mask and vax mandates, centralization of digital currencies, sexualization and grooming of children, wars and rumors of wars, train derailments, food processing plant fires, selling our national sovereignty to the World Health and other globalist organizations, food-water-energy security under attack, faith and patriotism in the cross hairs, and so much more. We are surrounded by the chaos of a world population under attack – and I can think of no better time to be alive than right now.
The reason is simple, the current darkness and those who perpetuate it are coming into the light, and We the People are here to witness and fight against it. Tiny tyrants have been emboldened by the last few years of watching their plans play out on an international scale and are falsely assuming they are winning. You can define “they” however you like but that list is long, and you already know who they are. They are losing and will lose in the end no matter how long it takes.
As a fighter, I would rather have my opposition in the light rather than have them creep around in the darkness. I am not gifted financially but instead with oratory and writing, and a small amount of courage. For the sake of my kids and future grandkids, I will use my skills to fight against the cabal and do it all with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. The reason I can is that I have hope.
Hope is an easy word to adopt but requires much more definition. Hope in what? Hope must be placed in something or someone; it does not and cannot simply stand alone and is inextricably bound to faith. For much like hope, faith must also be in something or someone.
As a Christian man, my hope and faith are in Christ alone. In what or whom do you place your hope or your faith? Money? Power? Comfort? Government? The object of your desire is your god. This does not mean we should avoid wishing somebody a good day or hope to get the job for which we yearn. Nor does it mean we cannot develop meaningful hobbies and passions. It only means that if somebody does not believe in God, they will place their hope in the object of their greatest affection. That object or hobby then becomes their greatest source of fear or anxiety.
The fear of bankruptcy, health problems, losing a job, or even an addiction of any kind can take over our lives. The love of baseball is a good thing, but it can also become that which a person “worships.” We all have something we love that if allowed to grow too big in our lives would replace God as the object of our worship. The result is our hope rests on something temporary or fleeting.
Both hope and faith, then, are viewed in two different ways. There is the worldly view and the biblical view.
1. The Worldly View
Hope is defined in Webster's dictionary as
i. Noun: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
ii. Verb: to want something to happen or to be the case.
I call each of these more like wishful thinking. Like hoping the Denver Broncos make the playoffs, that someday America will be debt free, or that politicians will serve the people. Most of our desires, expectations, and wants are based on wishful thinking and have no basis in certainty. Ecclesiastes 1:14 says “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun, and have found them all to be futile, a pursuit of the wind.”
2. Biblical View
In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The difference between the biblical and worldly view of hope is that as Christians we can have perfect confidence and peace in all things when our hope and faith are placed in God alone - a God who will never be dethroned.
A WORD OF CAUTION: Biblical hope is certainty concerning the promises of God. It is no guarantee of an earthly life free of pain - It is the promise of an eternal life with God if you belong to him. 1 Corinthians 15:19 says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Why? Because nothing really changes, andas Christians, we also cycle through human pain and joy repeatedly, often assuming our current circumstances determine our destination. Instead, let us as Christians remind ourselves to look to Christ daily for certainty.
So put your hope and faith in the permanent God of the universe or your hope is in the transient. I pray that you place your trust in Him today so you can Know Jesus and Know Peace - a peace that passes all understanding. Do you have this hope? Rejoice in and share it. If you do not, please do not let today disappear without talking to someone.
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