Moving Forward in Hope

Charles Allen, a United Methodist minister based in Atlanta, Georgia once penned: "When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God." Of all the years we have lived, 2020 may be the one in which we need to be reminded of this truth.

The God who parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Hebrew people to escape the Pharaoh’s army, is the same God who is making a way for His people today. The One who provided manna and quail from heaven to satisfy the hunger of hundreds of thousands of people traveling through a desert environment is the same God who is providing for His people as the COVID 19 pandemic hurts the world.

The God of the Bible is the same God and will turn the impossible into the possible. Romans 15:4 Everything written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us strength to go on. They encourage us and give us hope.

We can survive 40 days without food, 3 days without water, and some can survive 8 minutes without air. But we cannot last a single second without hope. Hope is an essential part of life. When hope is gone, life is over.

    People are looking for hope in all the wrong places. But there is only one place to find real hope. Real hope is found by turning to God. Hope is found in the knowledge of the character of God, and God’s promises. Romans 15: 13 “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Hope is the conviction that God is always present with us, He will never leave us, and has eternal plans for us and for all of His creation. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
    When everything is dark around us, but then we see a little ray of light. That is hope. When all the doors are closed, we see this small window opening. That is hope. When the shadow of death surrounds us but then we hear a small whispering voice saying: “Do not fear. I am always with you.” Hope sees the possibility, the better future, the better self, and the better world. Hope gives us power to move forward.
    Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” Hope is a gift from God. As we meditate on Him and His Word over and over again, God fills our heart with hope. God gives us hope because we need it, because without it we cannot survive. Through Jesus we have hope. 1 Peter 1: 3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

You and I may be facing a scenario that seems hopeless but let us remember that "there are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them." Let's look to God who can make 2020 a turnaround year instead of a year of hopelessness.

Pastor Norberto Obermann