“If we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Romans 8:25
Ever wonder where we can find hope? These days, one does not have to look hard in order to find discouragement. In the news, in families, in natural disasters, as we travel and even in our Facebook and twitter feeds. It seems as if everywhere there is someone hurting and someone in need of help. Everyone has a voice. And the sound of all the voices crying out can at times be overwhelming.
Where is the hope?
My name is Alicia (pronounced A-lee-see-a) and I am just an ordinary woman looking for a little ray of hope in a dark and sometimes cruel world, in the only way I know how. I am a simple Jesus lover, wrestling through my faith, trying to find this hope, like everyone else.
For me, scripture comes to life when I read through the pages and pages of stories in the Bible that are just like mine. Some stories are happy and some are sad, but all of them contain foolish and imperfect people that God still chooses to use. Foolish people, just like me.
The God of all comforts has comforted me with words in the New and Old Testament during some of the darkest moments of my life. In Hebrews 4:15-16 it says, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The Son of God, Jesus Christ, was in all ways tempted as I am and yet He did not sin. Jesus Christ is the remnant of hope I have yesterday, today and forever. His words are soothing because He comforts all those who earnestly draw near to Him. To know that I am not alone in my struggles, that I have a God who is above all other gods and understands my weaknesses and the temptations of life. This is the God I serve. This is the God who comforts me and He can comfort you too! God never leaves His people without a remnant of hope.
My prayer is that together we will grow in perseverance when it comes to finding the hope that we have in God, even when we are discouraged. Perhaps, especially when we are discouraged.
Thanks for stopping by. God bless and have a great day!