This has been a crazy year… forgive me for stating the obvious. Many of the things people once held dear or found security in have been undermined. Governments seem less stable, political systems are being called into question, physical health has been attacked, among many other things that have destabilized people’s lives. It would be bad enough if this were only true of those outside the church, but it isn’t. Many Christians have also experienced this destabilization effect in their lives. As times seem more and more uncertain, their hope wanes. As we move into the future, it is more important than ever that we learn how to have unshakeable hope!
How To Have Unshakeable Hope In Uncertain Times
If one good thing has come out of this year (actually many have), it is that we have been faced with new realities about ourselves that we were previously blind to. This is God’s grace towards us. It is Him bringing good out of what the enemy intended for evil. Yet in the midst of all these things, one thing has remained certain… Jesus is still King. For that reason, we can look to Him to learn how to have unshakeable hope in seemingly uncertain times!
I was reading my bible recently and came across a beautiful reminder in God’s Word…
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.Romans 15:13 ESV
Notice a few key lessons this verse teaches us:
1. God Must Be Your Only Source Of Hope
He alone is the One you must look to in order to always have Hope in life, regardless of your circumstances. He is the reason you can have hope even in what seem to be uncertain times. In fact, it is because of Him and His unchanging nature that we as believers actually live in CERTAIN TIMES… Our present and our future are always secure because it is in Him that we live, move, and have our being. He is our source for everything. He is our source of hope.
By His Spirit in us, He causes us to abound in hope! So our hope, which is found in Him, wells up from the inside of us… it does not matter what is happening outside of us!
2. It Is God Who Fills You With Joy And Peace
It is great when we have joyful and peaceful circumstances, those times are a blessing.
Yet, because of God, you can always experience the blessing of joy and peace, regardless of your circumstances.
In fact, He will fill you up, even until your cup overflows! When God is your source of Hope, you will also find that He is your source of overflowing joy and peace!
Since these things are true, because scripture clearly says they are in this verse, we must ask ourselves…
Why aren’t more Christians experiencing these things as their daily reality?
The verse answers this question for us… It says “in believing”!
3. You Must Choose To Believe God’s Word Above Your Circumstances
There it is… God has done His part already! He sent Christ to secure our redemption and along with it every spiritual blessing!
This is why all the Promises of God are Yes in Jesus. He also sent His Holy Spirit to dwell inside us and transform us as we abide in Christ and His word abides in us. In doing so, He equipped us with all the power we could ever need for life and godliness… the very power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in us AT THIS VERY MOMENT!
Lastly, He also assures us of His ever-present help… He will never leave us or forsake us! This is why we live in certain times. We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future, and He is VERY GOOD! Clinging to this truth is how to have unshakeable hope!
Now, if we are to be filled with hope, joy, and peace, all we must do is BELIEVE these very things. We must believe God has done these things for us and He is doing these things for us moment by moment!
By believing we are choosing to trust His word and Character are true. We are surrendering to His word and His will for our lives, and we are walking in obedience to what His word and His will reveal to us!
When you and I believe God in this way, our joy will abound, our hearts and minds will be at peace, we will have hope in every situation, and God will be glorified through our lives!
So today, ask the Lord where you need to be believing God in this way.
Start by looking at any areas you lack hope, joy, or peace. Begin pressing into God’s word and what He has said concerning those things. Fight the good fight, lay hold of that for which Jesus laid hold of you, and in all the areas you are struggling today, you will become more than a conqueror by His power and grace! This is how to have unshakeable hope in certain times!
Share a comment below with one area you are going to begin trusting God over your circumstances. We will commit to praying with you for this area!
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