1 Peter 1:13
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation of usually something good to happen. Although this definition is simple to understand, practicing it is most times not as simple as it is defined. Despite the difficulty in practicing it, Hope is one of the key components needed for a successful journey here on earth.
On Earth today, there are several reasons to be depressed, several reasons to give up and want to end it all. In fact, for anyone (rich, poor, sick, healthy, happy, sad, etc) to keep living, hope is very vital. One important characteristic of hope is that even if the bearer loses hold of it, it never loses holds of the bearer (hope keeps calling).
Have you lost hold of hope? Do you feel there is nothing worth living for?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, do not worry, you are not alone, hope has not left you.
What then can you hope for? Some people feel being hopeful in impossible situations is deceiving one’s self. I beg to disagree. Hope enlightens you; it makes you view a situation from a positive side and viewing situations from a positive side gives you the strength needed to achieve it.
The problem here is, you can be very positive about something but still end up being disappointed. This is true and can lead to even a more frustrating life for many people. However, it is only true because we fail to understand that there is really no end to our existence, it is also true because we limit our hope to things we can see or visualize.
There is a hope that transcends the physical realm, and this is the type of hope that keeps us resilient. Though the wind blows, rivers rise, we remain resilient.
Jesus spoke about a wise man who built his house on a rock and another (a foolish one) who built his house on the sand, when challenges came, the one on the rock stood firm while the one on the sand could not stand.
Mathew 7:25 “The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because its foundation was on the rock”.
Building your house on the rock is building on Jesus. He is the invisible God, invisible yet closer to you than your dearest friend.
Our hope in Jesus’s promises keeps us from being pulled down. In fact, no matter what happens on earth, we never focus on them but focus on the promises of Jesus.
One of those promises is found in Hebrews 13:11, which says “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
Dear friend, you are not alone. Your situation might be so bad, you can feel you are the worst person on earth but be assured you are precious (very precious) to God and God does not want you to hurt yourself by taking your life.
John 3:16 reveals God’s love to us. Men may love you if you love or please them, whereas God loves you no matter how bad you think/know you are. His only desire is that you realize His love for you and come to Him.
To explain how God loves us even in our worst state, Jesus told a story of a boy who sinned against his father and ran away from home, but as soon as the boy decided to go back home, his father welcomed him and had a party for him.
Just this afternoon I saw on the news the story of a young man who decided to take his own life by jumping off the tenth floor of a build. If only he knew how precious his life was to God, I only knew God never wanted him to hurt himself. So friend before you decide to end your life, talk to God. God hears you, and he knows you better than you know yourself.
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