Where Is Your Hope?
The obvious answer is "My hope is in God."  I wonder, though, how many of us would find that the answer to the question and the reality of where our hope is found are two different things.  My family has gone through some circumstances recently that God has used to shine a light into some of the depths of my heart.  What I have found is that I have quietly and, probably unintentionally, been hoping and trusting other things in my life apart from Him.  He is graciously removing some of those things so that I can recognize how much I was trusting in them instead of Him.

Our flesh is a cunning, crafty thing.  It will do things that we don't recognize as being unhealthy for us.  If we are not careful (and sometimes even if we are careful) our flesh will start trusting in worldly things.  The tricky part of the whole process is that often the things we begin to trust in are not evil and wicked but are good and right things.  We can find ourselves placing our trust and hope in our families, our jobs, our ministries, or any number of other good gifts from God.  The problem with all those things is that they are not God.  Here is what God told Israel through the prophet Hosea:

But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt, you know no God but me and beside me there is no savior. --Hosea 13:4
The truth is that salvation is found no where else apart from God.  He alone is God, in Him alone is salvation, and in Him alone is our hope.  Sometimes, in His love and grace, He removes from us good things because they have become places we are placing our trust.  He allows circumstances to enter our lives that compel us to face the reality that apart from Him there is no salvation, no hope.  It isn't an easy thing to walk through when He loves us this way, but praise His name that He is willing to make us uncomfortable to draw us closer to Himself.  Sometimes the only way we will trust solely in Him is when there is nothing else to hope in.

Praise His name that He will bring us to a place where we must say, "In Christ alone is my hope."

I married my beautiful bride Katherine back in May of 1998. Since then, we have been blessed with 4 wonderful kids (three girls and a boy). We have lived here in Rome since 1993 when Katherine and I met as freshmen at Berry College. I teach Math at one of the elementary schools here in town. Thanks for stopping by.


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