Without strength, we are unable to meet the challenges that we face each day. If we have no hope, there is no purpose to propel us forward. We can rely upon our own strength but it is wavering and can fail at any moment; and when it is gone, we are left with nothing. Placing hope in our present circumstances is faulty as things may be going well now but the future is always uncertain. The only lasting strength and hope is found in a faith-based upon that which is lasting.
The Bible teaches in the book of Hebrews that faith is the substance of hope. If we are to have sound hope then the substance of that hope must be sound. If we are to find strength in our faith then our faith must be based upon that which is strong and everlasting. We can put our faith in many things as faith is put into action through choice. However, if we don’t choose to believe in that which is eternal then our faith is placed in vain as its substance is temporal. It is of no use to rely upon that which we can see and touch for someday, everything seen and touched vanishes and our faith will crumble. Our faith, in order to provided that which will enable us to endure, must be placed in that which is eternal.
Jesus is the only one I know who gives us an eternal promise. Our belief in Him gives us eternal life. He is the source of our faith, the well-head of our hope and strength. I’m not talking about the religions that men have formed around, Jesus for they are temporal also. I am talking about the man, Jesus. The man who was born of the Spirit and obeyed God so perfectly as to be God on earth. Even though, He was a man, He was divine. All the strength and hope He needed to fulfill His mission on earth came to Him directly from God. All may receive this same source of power when they first believe in Jesus and choose to put their faith in Him. This is strength that will never falter and hope that will never fade. When we put our faith in, Jesus we have all the strength and hope we need to live out our lives; and as God’s Will is done upon the earth through us, His love and power are demonstrated to others in need of that same eternal strength and hope.
Do you have the strength and hope that you need?
The painting used to illustrate this post was painted by, Lance Brown. If you would like to see more of his work, visit his website at www.paintedchrist.com.