November 12, 2010

Floundering?

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."

1 Peter 1:3-5

God knows that we cannot live without hope and does not conduct a business of granting our wishes. Instead, He gives us "a living hope" that comes from our faith in Him. It is like a sweet kiss of his unending mercy when we are born into His family. Our hope is based on God's unfailing love and knowing that it is a sure thing because we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and nothing can break that seal.

When trials and suffering find their way into our lives, it is easy to lose hope but we have to be reminded that our hope is based on God's faithfulness and not anything that we are able to do on our own. Christ is our anchor during those storms and trials and our hope in God's grace and love is our link to strength and courage to weather the storm. Some may choose not to put there hope in Christ and find themselves floundering in a deep sea of pain and there is no hope for a rescue in sight leaving them feeling hopeless.

When we find our faith falling flat, we have to choose to believe that God will turn our trouble into a door of hope. God takes our pain and suffering and turns it into an entryway for hope and a new doorway to Him. We need to take refuge in Christ and walk towards Him, focusing on His great love and mercy instead of the storm around us. His love and faithfulness will never fail or disappoint us and will always be our guide into the safe harbor of His loving arms.

"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
   to the one who seeks him;"

Lamentations 3:22-23, 25

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