“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
(1 Tim 1:1,2).
During a church evangelism outreach a while back, we met a woman who became a Christian, but then returned to her former religion because of the challenges she was facing in her life. She had been told that if she became a Christian and began to come to church, all the troubles she was facing would instantly disappear. It turned out nothing changed. Speaking to us, her state of mind was: ‘What am I using Christianity for if I keep praying and nothing changes.’
What a sad story; a pointer to the fact that you must understand where your hope lies as a Christian. Without a doubt, God blesses, he heals, he delivers, he provides. But what happens when you have not received answers to a prayer you’ve been praying for years? You remember your hope.
The hope of a Christian isn’t in the fact that all your wants and desires are met, even though God always provides. It isn’t even in the fact that you can trust God for a healing, even though God heals. Your hope is in the fact that you will spend eternity with God. That is the true hope of a Christian.
It isn’t a hope that you should accept grudgingly. It is worth rejoicing over! Halleluyah. You will live forever with God. Rejoice in that hope today (Rom 5:2).