Hope can be described in many ways. It is an anchor for our soul in turbulent times. It is a comfort when we are unsure of the direction our lives are taking. Hope is a beacon of light piercing through a fog of confusion.

It is a simple word used in the most complex situations. A cancer survivor may say that it was hope and faith that saw them through the darkest of nights. Wounded soldiers from the battlefield shroud themselves in hope, of survival, of seeing family again, of being whole.

 In the process of life, one can quite easily lose hope: in others, in God, and even in themself. Despair is often cyclical, spiraling into depression and helplessness, leading to even greater despair. The result is that one sad thing leads to another seemingly without end, until we feel that we can’t possibly break free. It can all be a bit too much for our souls to handle, but with hope we have someone to turn to for help.

 As humans, we need hope. Our life would be meaningless without it. Hope is part of the lifeblood of our spiritual survival and it is often the only thing that can pull us out of the deep trenches of pain and hurt in our lives.

 Let God be the source of hope in your life. Paul tells the Romans that our hope rests in a bright future that we cannot see with our eyes, “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?” (Rom 8.24)

 We have hope in the form of a promise, that as Christians, we will be adopted as children of God and heirs to the kingdom. We have hope because God can provide patience and comfort through His word while we are on earth (Rom 15.4). Most importantly, we have confidence and hope of eternal life with God.

            In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Tit 1.2)

 God is the source of all hope for a world that desperately needs Him. Unfortunately, many people do not realize they need Him until the depths of despair are closing in. They need a beacon leading their souls to safety. Are you a beacon of hope for the Lord?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Mt 5.16)