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Election Day is here. Election Day in one of the most turbulent years in most of our American lifetimes. The world seems full of darkness in so many ways – global pandemic, devastating natural disasters, dramatic economic decline, and more division and violence and outrage than I can ever remember.

I read an article in which a journalist thought, in these times, when he found himself waking up every morning with a heavy hopelessness hanging over his day, perhaps people of faith could offer him some insight into where to find hope. And sadly, those people of faith that he interviewed all gave a version of this answer: “People of faith don’t hold any special answers or insights on hope. Every person must find their own hope the best way that they can.” And this held more sadness to me than all of the disasters of this world – that there should also be a disaster of hope, where even so many of those who claim to belong to the God of hope would have become blind to the truth of hope.

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:19, NIV)

Because even in the midst of every imaginable corruption in this world, there is always hope, found in God’s eternal promises. To reassure us, these promises have been sealed by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, so that we can be certain that nothing can ever change them! 

This is not a hope that depends on things being the way we expect them to be, today.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? (Romans 8:24, NIV)

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It is a hope that is founded in the unchanging certainty that things will be the way God promises, eternally. It is a hope that is founded, not on what we see right now, but on what we know is to come – and such a promise is unshakeable, anchored in the foundation of an unchanging God instead of a constantly-changing world.

It is the hope that every evil will be brought to justice. That every hurt will be healed. That every wrong will be righted. That every tear will be wiped away. That everything on earth will be restored to the perfection that we can almost imagine, that we long for, but that we can never quite achieve in this life…And that there will be no more death for all eternity.

The truth is, life is so much bigger than this little momentary blip that we’re looking at right now. The truth is, an all-powerful and loving God created all things. The truth is, He is going to restore all things, as He alone is able. The truth is, nothing that we witness in this moment is outside of God’s control, but He is actually working even the worst designs of evil to the ultimate good, not of this one day in this temporary world, but of eternity in His perfect kingdom.

This is not necessarily an easy truth or an easy hope, because you have to be willing to give up what you want right now in exchange for the joy that is set before you.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? (Luke 14:28, ESV)

You have to believe that even if you had to give up everything that people hold dear in this life, as Jesus did, it would certainly be worth it. 

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2, NIV)

But if you are willing to consider it, you will quickly find it to be the greatest gift, the greatest comfort, and the most perfect hope you could ever imagine.

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things…(Philippians 3:8, NIV)

While you’re here, on this earth, in this time, living this life, the truth is that you can get to know God. The truth is that you can find the answer to every question. The truth is that you can find the path through every hardship. The truth is that you can find the hope that endures in every circumstance.

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25, NIV)

God’s people, in fact, do hold a special insight into hope. We have known the truth, as God has revealed it to us, a perfect hope that sustains us through every difficulty. And though we are privileged to see it, it doesn’t belong to us – it belongs to absolutely-anyone-and-everyone who desires it!

Today, if you have hope, share hope. Today, if you are desperate for hope, you only need to ask. God is never far away. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, NIV)

May today be a day in which hope comes alive for you!

by Sydney Michalski

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