Hope has been on my mind a lot lately.
More of me trying to understand it, wrap my head around it.
It seems that as I grow older and as I grow deeper in my faith, I see more tragedy in the world. I hear more stories and know more people who have been wrestling with mental illness, who have been abused sexually, emotionally, I see more single mothers trying to raise multiple children on their own, I see the brokenness of families and how prevalent divorce is, the list goes on.
Man, it starts to weigh on you. It starts to make you question things, come on let’s be honest with ourselves. It tugs at your hope, tries to destroy every last ounce you have of it.
But where does our hope lie?
You know what all of this tragedy is?
It’s called brokenness. You see the more we experience the world, the more we experience and see the brokenness within ourselves, our families, those around us, and our entire world.
And you may think… why doesn’t God do something about it?
But He already has.
All this brokenness we see… points us even more deeply to our need for Christ.
Since God didn’t create us to be robots, we have free will. He wanted us to love Him on our own, which shows the kind of God that He is. But with that came free will and with that comes our true condition of sin.
What does sin deserve? It deserves death.
In the very beginning, when the fall happened- when Adam and Eve first took a bite of the fruit from the tree of good and evil, sin entered in. They now knew both good and evil.
“5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened [that is, you will have greater awareness], and you will be like God, knowing [the difference between] good and evil.” Genesis 3:5
This broke our relationship with God because God is all holy and we are sinful.
He knew this would happen and he had this plan from before the beginning of time, to send His son Jesus to be the one who would defeat the sting of death.
Jesus came to earth, was born and walked the earth without sin. He took our place on the cross; death. He rose again. And He is our way to know God, to be in relationship with God. This was God reaching down to us, His way of inviting us to himself… grace… a free gift.
But in all this, He still gives us the choice. The choice to believe this or to walk away from it.
So now death is defeated, but we still battle with sin during our earthly lives. We still see the backlash of it, the effects of our sin… this deep brokenness of the world. Abuse. Divorce. Death. Tragedy.
So how do we keep hoping?
“I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
That is where. Our hope is not in today, tomorrow, or 5 years from now but our hope is in our heavenly dwelling… that one day we will be with our Jesus and we will see Him in all His beauty and love. We will be face to face with Him and all things of the Earth will pass; sin, death, abuse, divorce, all this tragedy will be done away with and all we will know is pure joy, love, and hope. We will be home with our Jesus and what it will be like to be with him, no mind has conceived.
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him–” 1 Corinthians 2:9