Blake Allen, Student and Outreach Minister, LHBC

Romans 8:22-25
22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

As we look out into the world it’s not hard to notice the brokenness that is there. When you see all that has happened in Afgan, through Covid-19, etc.; we see this world is far from perfect. This brokenness is a result of the Fall of man. When Adam and Eve sinned it didn’t just affect their relationship with God, it affected their world. The world we now live in…

And if we keep looking to man’s solutions to fix the brokenness we see, we will inevitably fall into more brokenness. If our hope is in a president, then we will be disappointed no matter who is elected. If our hope is in our prosperity and success, then we will never be satisfied. If our hope is in a relationship, then we will experience heartache. If our hope is in what is seen, then we will lose hope. 

Where do you find your hope? We can constantly experience disappointment in this life if we only focus on what’s right in front of us. Our field of vision becomes too narrow. But hope that is unseen is genuine hope. It is the hope we have in Christ. We wait in joyful anticipation for the day Christ returns and restores this broken world. And until that day, we let go of our pain, burdens, struggles, and cast them on Jesus because we know that He will bring about better days.

Father, we joyfully await your return. Give us the strength to make it through these days and may we find our hope in you. Amen.

Psalm 124:8:
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.