A few years ago, when I was going through a particularly hard time, God spoke to me one day and said: ‘Liesl, Hope has a name and His name is Jesus.’ I realised that, at times, Hope has been an unattainable emotion in my mind. I had to re-adjust my thinking to realise that Hope is a Person – the Person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus: The Source
Jesus came to earth and dwelt among us to live as an example or forerunner of the life He purposed for us. It is a life of complete understanding of the Father and the complete surrender to His will. Jesus is the epitome of goodness and sacrifice and He never lost Hope. No matter how He was treated or tempted, He did not lose Hope.
As we start living our lives as newborn children of a living God, we begin the road of sanctification – a road that we walk to become more and more like Jesus. Needless to say, we will never attain His holiness in this life, but we are on a journey of living as though every day is a new opportunity to make God proud by being like His Son.
As we walk this road, we will, like Jesus, encounter many obstacles, but knowing He overcame them, we can too. He gave us His Spirit so that we, too, can walk in the fullness of His power – the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.
Rom 8 v 11 (NKJV): But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Hope has a source – His name is Jesus.
Our source of Hope is Jesus; He is the One who can resurrect Hope in our inner beings when we want to give up. His Spirit is the Source to keep going.
Faith: The Catalyst
Faith is the catalyst for Hope to be brought forth. What is faith? It is sometimes such a deep spiritual concept that we lose track of what Faith actually is – it is a confidence in God, a confidence that God is who He says He is, that He can do what He said He can do.
Hebr 11 v 1 (NKJV): Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We cannot see God, yet we trust Him – that is faith.
Faith is the catalyst to release Hope. Hope is what we trust for. But we cannot trust if we do not have someone to trust in – that is God Himself. Our Hope is secured by our faith in Him.
Time with Him: The Answer
This world and what is in it will never be able to fulfill and deliver what we need. God made us a relational people – because He wants relationship with us. He is the only One who can meet our needs emotionally, spiritually and physically. If we therefore seek Hope elsewhere we will always find it will come short of our expectations. God is truly the only everlasting (not just long-lasting, but EVERLASTING) source.
In that hard season, I referred to in the beginning, I asked God what I should do to resurrect the Hope that had died down in my heart. He said to me to seek Him and He actually told me when – He spoke to me so clearly and told me to wake up every morning at 3 a.m. and pray until 4 a.m. I am not a morning or evening person, as some people classify themselves. I like to go to bed early and rise late if I can 😊, as long as I don’t get less than 8 hours of sleep a night. It is then that I function at my best. In order to spend time with God over the years, I have become more of a morning person by choice (and loads of grace). I have learnt a routine of getting up at 5 or 6 a.m. not matter what time I went to bed. So, when God told me to get up at 3 a.m. I wanted to ask Him, ‘Are You kidding?!’ But, being tired and hopeless, I decided to try it. It took me a while to get into the routine and I ended up doing it for a year. It changed my life! Hope came back in a steady stream and the Hope stream ended up pulling others into its wake, bringing encouragement for them, too. My life regained its peace and joy.
No matter where you are and no matter how hopeless your life my seem, remember that Jesus is alive and He is the source of Hope. As long as He is alive (forever!) there is abounding Hope to be found. Mix it with a batch of knowing and believing God is who He says He is – He is faithful – and you will see Hope resurrected again.
Rom 15 v13 (NKJV): Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Liesl Mare is one of our Contributors. Read her full bio here.