Hope

You may remember a blog I wrote about our current political state (here). How we as Christians need to be a Noah in today’s world. As I was thinking more about Noah’s situation and the situation we are in now I began to see a major difference. The difference being Noah had his Hope in the LORD. Do we?

As a Worship Leader, one of my favorite songs to sing and lead is “In Christ Alone.” The song’s first line is, “In Christ alone my hope is found.” Wow!

My hope is not in my kids.
My hope is not in my job.
My hope is not in the future.
My hope is not in my church.
My hope is not in my worldly possessions.

My hope IS in Christ.

In Matthew 14:29-31 it says, “”Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”” (NIV)

When Peter stepped out of the boat he had hope, but then he began to see his circumstances around him and began to sink. As Christians we are called to GO and make disciples. When we step out of the boat (we have an amazing experience with God) we are normally strong and ready to go. Then the human side sneaks in and shows us what is around us (our circumstances) then we loose that hope. God calls us to never loose sight of what he has for us.

Just like he grabbed Peter immediately, he will rescue you as well. Notice, Jesus waited for Peter to call out to him. He is waiting for you to call out to him. He is ready to rescue you, you need to acknowledge you need a Savior (saving).

I see this in my own life all the time. My 3 year old will get into a mess and I wait patiently until she calls for my help. Yes, I tried to warn her that she would get stuck under the coffee table, but she wanted to get under there still. Once she tried on her own and figured out with her own strength she can’t make it, she called and I immediately ran and rescued her. She knew I was there. She knew I could help. She had hope in me to get her out.

Jesus wants us to have that hope in him. I know circumstances get in the way. Life is hard. We are never promised an easy life. Call out to Him. Let Him be your hope.

Let me leave you with the lyrics to my favorite song: “In Christ Alone”

In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
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