Picture this: Jesus has carried out His ministry on earth. He has carried the cross up to Calvary where He would die for our sins.
Sometimes life is hard. While we wish that life were constant Theme Parties and endless coffee cake, we have all been in seasons where it seems we only stand up to be knocked down again. Circumstances like missed opportunities, not making the team, losing a job or even losing a loved one can cripple our joy and undermine our hope. Even turning on the evening news can be a reminder of the brokenness that darkens our doorsteps.
When faced with unfavorable circumstances, we must remember that we are human and our strength is finite. We, as followers of Christ, fight a constant battle for our hearts and minds to stay fixed on Christ and the hope He provides even in the midst of life’s hardships. John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Often circumstances determine our ability to experience joy and gratitude. We can be so blinded by fear and worry or burdened by the weight of the world, that we forget Who actually leads the way. Jesus doesn’t give us a circumstantial hope. He does not give as the world gives where we earn His blessings nor does He give us a peace that only settles in our hearts when everything is going our way. Rather, when we are weak He is that much stronger! He constantly works and moves on our behalf even when we can’t see what He has in store.
He gives us unconditional hope, joy, peace and abundance based not on our earthly blessings but on our eternal hope in Him and all that He has accomplished through the cross on our behalf. It’s hard as humans not to be discouraged when things don’t go as we plan. But God is the creator of the universe and the maker of our days. The One who created us is for us and has a plan for our lives even when our current circumstances don’t make us feel that way.
Knowing that He is good and that He has a plan for us, we must stand firm in Christ, understanding that our worldly desires and our worldly trials are all external. They will fade away, but the love and hope found only in Christ is eternal.
Jesus came to this earth to give us life and to give us life in full. He did not come for us to feel the weight of our sin or the brokenness of this world. He has freed us to live a life of endless hope because HE is the one true thing our hearts are longing for. Even in difficult circumstances, that hope is worth celebrating.