And I realized that many christians are looking for hope in some kind of visible action of God. Well, those are giving hope for sure, but I was thinking what if they wouldn't see any of those? Isn't hope something you can't see but it's there? I see many christians giving up hope on nations or people or in any situations... But if so, I thought,... how did I survive until now? I never had seen any of those visible actions of God. But... God never failed me in hope. There was not even one second in my life I had no hope. Yes, even in those dark days when I didn't know anymore, I could still see hope shimmering silently somewhere in the distance.
"There is hope", I tell you... "There is hope..."
And that hope is deeper than you think it is. Hope lies not in some kind of action or occasion. Hope does not vary on some action or occasion. Hope does not come and go. Hope abides. I knew this verse since I was a little kid: "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." [1.Cor13:13]
There will be no day on earth nor in heaven that hope will fail!
I saw many christians they gave up on nations... How arrogant... God even hasn't given up hope, who are you to declare it for hopeless? Same goes to anyone out there who gave up hope on something saying "There is no hope, there is no hope"... God's telling you, there is hope. And I'm not only talking about hope of eternal life.
If you don't have hope, you don't have faith. Then how are you different from the world? The world? Yes, they do not know hope. But us who believe in Christ Jesus, we ought to have hope, don't you think so?
Faith leads to trust and that leads to hope. And hope leads to trust and trust leads to faith. Jesus is Hope Himself. If you have Jesus, you have hope!
To those who are in such "hopeless" situation: I'm not accusing you for not having faith/Jesus. I'm encouraging you to look deep inside your heart. If you calm down and listen carefully, there is this gentle whisper and a shimmer. That's God telling you "Don't give up, there is hope, I have everything under control". Trust.
A sister sent me this a few days ago. This gave me the confirmation that God wanted to talk about hope. This was the last writing of Pastor David Wilkerson on his blog the day of the accident when he passed away:
"Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail - his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world." Pastor David Wilkerson, April 27, 2011
When you can't see – look at Jesus and hope!
Jesus has lots of hope, Jesus IS Hope!
And I am putting a lot of Hope into this blog entry.
16.12.2016, I don't remember what I was going through back then, but I remember I cried a lot. And I guess God spoke to me that day cause I recently found a note I had written down that day:
"You are a dancer in the desert."
Desert, where there is nothing and hard to stand, we dance. Christians are dancers in the desert. This world is a desert, we are the oasis. We are hope, for Hope Himself lives in us. We have strength, we have joy, we have love, we have life, we have faith, even if the desert doesn't give us anything making that possible or even try to destroy us.
And another word God gave me:
"cry and you will laugh
loose and you will know the fullness
suffer and you will know joy
fall and you will fly
be afraid and you will know courage
stumble and you will jump
mourn and you will dance"
My mom used to say sometimes "A doctor who was never sick is not a good doctor."
That's true. I see such great love and such privilege that God gave us stormy days. He forms us to a better pot. He lets us bloom more beautifully. He lets us shine brighter and brighter. He teaches us so many things including gratefulness that leads to joy. Only if we went through darkness, we can appreciate the brightness more.
The darker, the brighter.
Look. There is hope.
Listen. There is hope.