We have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

1 Timothy 4: 10

 

Most of us need something to hold onto. We want to believe that there is a future that will be better than the past and that will exceed the present in quality, too. This thing that we call hope becomes an anchor point for us that helps hold us upright when things get crazy in our world, and it gives us the will to face the new day when, otherwise, dawn promises little beyond frustration and futility. Yet, many of the things that we can attach our hope to prove to be weak, temporary, or futile, themselves. Christ is the only point of attachment that is anchored at the center of all Creation. Thus, when we seek to find our hope in Him and hold onto the things of God as its source, we are looking to hope’s true author and its only real Creator.

 

God has made this same potential for living in a hope filled reality available and possible for all people. He brings the brightness of His glory into the lives of everyone who will turn to Him. The Lord does all of this with a willingness that indicates His great desire to have people live in the fullest expression of peace and love. However, in order to truly know the hope that God brings into this harsh world, we need to accept His gift of grace that leads to salvation through a relationship with Jesus. For some people this means turning their lives around and submitting them to the great, sovereign King of Glory. For those of us who know Christ, it means accepting and submitting to the fact that we still must surrender control and allow that our hope is in His hands.

 

When we have come to know and to be blessed by this eternal hope that is found in a relationship with Christ, it becomes our responsibility to spread the word about the peace, joy, and freedom that we have found in and through Jesus with people who are still seeking their hope in the things that they can do, the work that they perform, and in the status that they can achieve. We live in a darkly hopeless world. People who may seem to have all of life under control surround us, but they are desperate for real peace and joy on the inside. Hope in Christ is a gift from God to be accepted, pursued, embraced, enjoyed, and shared with others.

 

 

We have our hope set on the living God, who is the savior of all people, especially all of those who believe.

1 Timothy 4: 10

 

What does it mean to be alive? Is it that respiration is continuing, lungs moving and heart pumping blood? Sure, that is a part of it. What about having a brain that is functioning so that the patterns of electrical impulse are not too random; that too is useful in people. Although God does have control over these essential aspects of what we think of as life, these ways of defining what it means to be alive have little to do with the way that God is alive. God is the vital life force of the universe. He set it into motion, and He keeps it from spinning off into chaos and ruin. The Spirit of God is everywhere in Creation, He touches it all from the smallest particle to the largest planet, and He cares about every one of us people who populate this world with absolute love and grace.

 

We may tend to think that once we have come to know God personally that His saving work is finished in us, but He continues to be intimately involved with us. The Lord does this in order to bring each of us closer to Him and to lead us into love and righteousness. God wants us to love Him and to love each other in ways and with the depth of commitment that He brings to relating with us; thus, He continues to show us His heart, and He leads us away from the evil that tries to disrupt our lives.

 

As He is the central living force in the world, God is alive in my life. The Lord is dynamic so that He is capable, available, and involved in all situations and for all aspects of my life. Every drop of true vitality that flows through me, and all of the impulse and inspiration to love others well and to live righteously that drives my better actions come from God and are provided by His Spirit. Therefore, the best approach to living this day well is to start in close and focused interaction with God. Thus, His hope for the day can take over where, otherwise, my apprehensions would tend to be in control. Then the love that the Lord brings will replace the fears that my heart would more naturally set into motion. Christ, alive in me and vital in my world, is the only true hope for this day, and there is nothing more that I actually need.

 

We have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

1 Timothy 4: 10

 

Most of us need something to hold onto. We want to believe that there is a future that will be better than the past and that will exceed the present in quality, too. This thing that we call hope becomes an anchor point for us that helps hold us upright when things get crazy in our world, and it gives us the will to face the new day when, otherwise, dawn promises little beyond frustration and futility. Yet, many of the things that we can attach our hope to prove to be weak, temporary, or futile, themselves. Christ is the only point of attachment that is anchored at the center of all Creation. Thus, when we seek to find our hope in Him and hold onto the things of God as its source, we are looking to hope’s true author and its only real Creator.

 

God has made this same potential for living in a hope filled reality available and possible for all people. He brings the brightness of His glory into the lives of everyone who will turn to Him. The Lord does all of this with a willingness that indicates His great desire to have everyone live in the fullest expression of peace and love. However, in order to truly know the hope that God brings into this harsh world, we need to accept His gift of grace that leads to salvation through a relationship with Jesus. For some people this means turning their lives around and submitting it to the great, sovereign King of Glory. For those of us who know Christ, it means accepting and submitting to the fact that we still must surrender control and allow that our hope is in His hands.

 

When we have come to know and to be blessed by this eternal hope that is found in a relationship with Christ, it becomes our responsibility to spread the word about the peace, joy, and freedom that we have found in and through Christ with people who are still seeking their hope in the things that they can do, the work that they perform, and in the status that they can achieve. We live in a darkly hopeless world. People who may seem to have all of life under control surround us, but they are desperate for real peace and joy on the inside. Hope in Christ is to be accepted, pursued, embraced, enjoyed, and shared with others.