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Steps to Hope

by on Nov.17, 2008, under Hope


When we began to work on the website HopeForLife.org, we sat down and talked about what we believe about hope. We decided that we could best communicate our thoughts about hope with the idea of four stages of hope, four steps along the road of having a life with meaning in purpose.

I believe that the first thing we must accept is that hope exists. There is hope. Before we can decide what to believe in, we need to understand that there is something to believe in. Some people look at the world and dismiss hope, choosing to focus on chance and coincidence, chaos and disorder. I’ve seen enough to know that they are wrong. There is hope. It exists. It can be found. It can be embraced.

I believe that hope is in God. Many of those who have given up on finding hope have done so because they spent their time looking to the wrong things. People place their hope in other people, only to be let down. They place their faith in wealth and possessions, only to have that faith shaken by economic turmoil. Others look to science, but find that the hope science offers is short-term, not reaching beyond the limits of this world. Only God can offer hope for this life by offering a promise of another life to come.

I believe that God offers hope through his son Jesus. There aren’t multiple paths to God; there is only Jesus who proclaimed himself to be “[i]the way, the truth and the life[/i]” (John 14:6). Jesus offers us the way to overcome the things in our life that separate us from God. He doesn’t just ask us to live right; he makes it possible for us to do just that. He brings us the hope of mercy and forgiveness, rather than judgment.

I believe that each of us can share in that life of hope. We can come to God in obedient faith, placing our hope in him and becoming part of a large community of people who have chosen his way of life.

Grace and peace,
Tim Archer

4 comments for this entry:

  1. Randy Flynt

    Tim,
    I absolutely agree with you. I think hope does exist and it must begin with a hope in God through Jesus Christ. I also beleive we are living in a time when we tend to think that is enough. I worry that we are not putting enough hope in one another to to keep the hope for life going. As much as I have faith in christ as my Savior I am afraid without a relationship in the hope we find in one another this hope will not last.

  2. Tim Archer

    Thanks Randy for the comment. I too believe that we must be plugged into the body of Christ in order to truly live in hope.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  3. Tim Archer

    Maya,

    I am so sorry to hear about the hurt that you have experienced. I’m sorry too to see the anger and resentment that burn inside of you; those things will consume you if you do not let go of them.

    I know that some people preach that Christians’ lives will be full of material blessings, that they will be spared from illness, etc. But that isn’t the message of the Bible.

    The writer of Psalm 73 went through much similar to your experience. He wrote that the wicked are more prosperous, they are healthier, they are carefree, they are constantly increasing in wealth. (Psalms 73:3-12) Then he said almost the same thing you said: “Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.” (Psalms 73:13-14) It was pointless, he said. I followed God and got nothing out of it.

    However, if you keep reading in that psalm, the writer comes to realize that death is the great equalizer. These people may be happy now, but there is a judgment day that is coming. The righteous have hope after this life; the unrighteous have none.

    The Christian life isn’t about being spared troubles and suffering; it’s about finding hope in the midst of suffering, hope that goes beyond this world. The apostle Paul wrote: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18) He also wrote, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2Corinthians 4:17)

    Suffering, persecution, hardship… that’s what is in store for the Christian. It may not sound attractive, but it leads to an unending life of glory. That’s what gives us hope.

    I hope that you can find God’s hope and know his peace.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  4. MAYA SINHA

    DONOT KILL US BY RAISING FALSE HOPE IN OUR UNWANTED LIVES

    I HAVE ALWAYS SEEND AND EXPEREIONCED IN MY PERSONAL LIVE , THAT CRULE/ DISHONEST PEOPLE LIVE HAPPILY & THEIR ALL WISHES ARE FULLFILLED.

    I BELEIVED IN GOD AND WALKED IN PATH OF GOD.
    I HAD CAUGHT FEW PEOPLE IN MY ORGANIZATION FOR PROSTITUTION/ ROBBERY / CORRUPTION. I WAS THREATENED ABOUT MY CAREER AND LIVE .TODAY TO MY SHOCK THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PROMOTED AND LIVE A PPY LIVE WHERE AS I AM TOTALLY DIMINESHED AND MY CAREER / GOOD NAME IS TOTALLY RUINED.

    I WISH I HAD DIED.

    I DIDNOT GET ANY SUPPORT OR JUSTICE FROM GOD, INFACT GOD SUPPORTED THEM AND THEY GOT PROMOTED FOR THEIR DIRTY ACTIONS.

    HOPE NEVER EXITS FOR PEOPLE WHO WALK ON THE PATH OF GOD.

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