It is understandable why some Christians struggle to maintain hope in Christ in today’s uncertain times. No doubt because our world has fallen apart, and everything is changing at a rapid speed. Increasing suffering and hardships, Coronavirus deaths, food shortages, arbitrary job losses, natural disasters, etc.
Some Christians have become anxious and discouraged, and waver in their faith. They tend to only focus on their circumstances, and everything that’s gone wrong in their lives, instead of trusting God to work things out, hence, they struggle to maintain hope in Christ.
First and foremost, to maintain our hope in Christ, we must always remember that we serve a sovereign God who has the power, control, and authority over everything. We must continue to trust in Him and everything that He is: Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. He is the most powerful, He’s present everywhere, and He knows everything.
Secondly, he promised that He would never leave nor forsake us and that we can call upon Him in troubled times. Thirdly, when we, daily, dedicate our lives to Him, we have the blessed assurance that we are always under the power of His Holy Spirit guiding us through life, so we are never alone in perilous times.
Trust in Christ’s Sovereign Power, Control, and Authority
As Christians, we know that God is sovereign and has power, control, and authority over everything. The God who walked with Moses, Noah, Abraham, and Jacob is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who we serve today. Reigning with the same powers and control. He is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever. Unchanging and steadfast; loving, gracious, and merciful.
In addition, His power is unequivocally unmatched and is greater than any circumstance we can ever encounter in life – no matter how impossible we think they are. He can move mountains in our lives and turn things around for the better, in ways that we can’t even comprehend, but will make us in awe of Him.
We must never forget how all those times in the past when we had needs, and we called on Him, and He proved faithful and provided for us. He is willing and ready to do it again. Therefore, we should be hopeful and expect our needs to be met again; as well as, for guidance and protection in these uncertain times.
In our loneliness and depression, He is our refuge and strength. We can trust that the everlasting presence of His Holy Spirit is with us, giving us hope, peace, and comfort to meet today’s challenges.
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble.”
Activate His Promises Made to Us to Maintain Hope in Christ
The Lord has made us many promises throughout the Bible. Specific promises like seeking him in our times of need, and He will answer, etc. We must not shy away from activating these promises when we need God’s help. Activating God’s promises to us means that we go to Him in prayer, in our times of need, and give Him the opportunity to prove faithful to us by responding to our prayers. When He demonstrates His power in our lives, we become witnesses for Him. We can testify to His power, thereby encouraging us to have continued hope in Him.
Jeremiah (28:11-13) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
This verse exemplifies a specific promise that He has made to us, to call upon Him in our times of need and He will hearken unto us. This is a direct call to action. Now, we activate this promise by seeking Him and searching for Him with all our hearts. Then, He’ll hearken unto us. And when He fulfills this promise, we can steadfastly maintain hope in Christ.
Live in Daily Devotion to Christ to Maintain Hope
Further, to maintain our hope in Christ, we must daily surrender our hearts to Him and walk in His ways. So we are confident that His Holy Spirit will always be with us, helping us through our struggles and guiding us through life. Living in daily surrender enables us to allow Him to take control of all aspects of our lives where we rest in His leadership and control. Maintaining our hope in Him.
1 Kings 8:58, ” That He may incline our hearts unto Him, to walk in all His ways. And to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers.” (61) “Let your heart be perfect with the Lord our God.”
How do we live our lives in daily devotion to Him? We pray, read, and meditate on His Word, and live based on Christ’s teachings. Ask His Holy Spirit into our hearts, allow Him to lead us, and give us His wisdom to make the righteous choices. Express love and kindness to others for His sake. Christian living should reflect a daily dedication and honour to Christ.
Moreover, when we are truly connected to Him, we can tell when it’s His voice speaking to us and through us, by the power of the Holy Spirit. We feel His love and grace in our lives. We do not feel afraid of anything, but confident, peaceful, and hopeful.
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and love, and of a sound mind.”
We get renewed strength and courage each day to carry on in our lives. Our hope in Christ is sealed and there’s nothing bad that can happen that will discourage our hope in Him again. We can always find hope in Christ!
The scenario of Moses bringing God’s people out of Egypt and crossing the Red sea exemplifies hopelessness when faced with something deemed impossible.
Moses Challenges the Israelites to Trust God to Get Them Across the Red Sea
When they first got to the Red Sea and realized they had nowhere else to go and Pharoah’s army came after them, the Israelites panicked and suddenly forgot about God’s almighty power, which He had demonstrated through Moses previously to get them out of Egypt. They lost their faith and hope in God because they thought that the great big sea was a great big impossibility for God.
They became fearful and desperate and blamed Moses for their perceived imminent deaths. Moses didn’t allow their fears to be projected unto Him, because he had something working within him that they didn’t – God’s power. So, he rebuked them and challenged them to put their trust and hope in God.
Exodus 14:13-14, “And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
They realized that they were at a standstill and were defenseless and had nowhere to escape. So, they decided to trust Moses. They obeyed his order to stand still and let the Lord lead them through. They knew Moses didn’t have the power within Himself to split the sea, to get them across, but they also knew that he was working under God’s power and control. Ultimately by obeying Moses’ order, they, essentially, put their trust and hope in the power of the Lord.
God performed yet another miracle right before their eyes again, an impossibility to them. Today, the same God has performed miracles in our lives, and yet we still deem situations hopeless. We must realize that when we face difficult, hopeless situations, it is hopeless for us, but not for God. And He’s the one who has all the power to deliver us. He’s the one fighting for us anyway. So, wouldn’t it be easier for us just to take our hopeless situations to the Lord in prayer so He can perform miracles in our lives?
We focus too much on our problems and how big they are. Instead of being hopeful in the fact that we serve a God who is bigger than our problems.
We have an easy job – asking for help. It takes nothing from us to ask Him. Yet we act like we need to move mountains from our lives for which we don’t have the strength. We lament about circumstances even before we pray. We take the wrong attitude toward our situation and toward God. And don’t approach Him the right way in prayer, nor do we have a strong prayer life. That’s why we panic at the first sign of trouble and feel hopeless.
The Lord has given us and done so much for us, that there’s no reason we shouldn’t trust and have hope in Him anymore. What more can He do to prove His love and faithfulness to us, so that we never lose hope in Him again? Nothing! Considering all these things, we should be able to maintain our hope in Christ forever.
To that end, to maintain hope in Christ, we must trust and believe in Him and His sovereign power and control. Activate His promises made to us by seeking His help in prayer and then allowing Him the opportunity to fulfill those promises in our lives. And living our daily lives in dedication to Him, so we can connect spiritually with His Holy Spirit. Practicing these things with the right attitude will enable us to maintain our hope in Christ in today’s uncertain times.