What is Your Greatest Hope?
We all go through our lives hoping for something. When you were a child, you had hopes that one day you would go to school. In the middle of the school year you hoped that summer was coming soon. When you moved into middle school you hoped that no one would notice the giant pimple on your face or that your hair didn’t match your outfit. In High School you hoped that you would make the sports team, join the choir, be invited out with friends, and even get your driver’s license. Toward the end of high school your hope was focused on things like college, career choices, or maybe a special someone. The next phase of life was being a young adult and hoping that your career would provide financial stability. You hoped when you took a risk that it might even pay off. You hoped that your spouse would love you for you and the way that God loves you. You hoped that your children would grow up to make good choices and to fall deeper in love with Jesus. During your career you began to put your hope in the stock market or 401 K, so that one day you could retire. Maybe during retirement you hoped you wouldn’t run out of money, and could soak up every last morsel and live your life to the fullest. We have all lived our lives hoping for something. Hope isn’t limited by your goals and dreams. Hope is limitless.
Nearly 7 years ago, Terah and I were standing for worship at a conference when the emcee of the night introduced the Daraja Children’s Choir. This choir was a group of orphan children from Kenya that traveled the globe sharing joy and Jesus with all they could meet! After the children had sung a song the crowd was instructed to sit down. Then, one child at a time, they came to the front of the stage with 11,000 church leader’s eyes fixed on them. With boldness and deep conviction the children stated these words and their message from God’s Word rocked my heart strings… Read these words slowly…
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
Maybe the question to ask isn’t what you are hoping for, but instead, into what are you putting your hope?