Hope is someone or something that may be able to provide help or gives you a reason for hoping.
Our hope is grounded in our faith in the character of God. Since the the first words He spoke in the beginning, He has proven to be the author of good. And when sin and evil entered the good, God’s response was one of love and redemption. By sending His only Son to earth, He emptied Himself and willfully experienced more pain and suffering than any of us ever will. Why? Because of His great love for us and to tell the greatest story ever told. That great love invites us into His family as adopted sons and daughters and into eternal life in the light of His goodness and presence. Where no tears are and where no sorrow can dwell.
His character. His goodness. His knowing how we feel and what we need. His life.
God is good, and our hope in Him is strong, secure, and real.
So what does that mean when hard things happen? When we watch our children suffer? It means a few things:
When we know that He is good…
We know that the suffering is not from Him. He is not to blame. We can trust Him. We can put our hope securely in Him.
When we know that His response to evil is love and redemption…
We can look for fingerprints of His love and care everywhere. He promises good will come from even the worst. With Him is full redemption. Look for it. Hope in it.
When we know that He, too, has suffered on our behalf…
We can know that He is with us in our suffering, too. His presence is intimate and brings peace in the most turbulent times.
When we know that we are His and that He has promised us eternal life…
We can look to a glorious future that will not be marred by pain or suffering, but will be marked with complete joy and life.
We recognize that if you are walking through hardship, it can be hard to see the goodness of God and that the topic of hope may be sore. Maybe you’ve been disappointed in hoping for something or hurt by a loved one. As we share about stories of hope in Him, we are also committed to addressing some tough questions. The good news is that God invites us to get to know Him better, and that is a worthy pursuit that doesn’t disappoint.