11/19/08

Choose Hope

Both candidates pushed their agenda for “Hope” before the election—and certainly America needs hope in these dark days—but I know that true hope is only found in Jesus Christ. My brother-in-law, Tom, reminded me of this recently. As he preached at his Aunt’s funeral, he shared the powerful and solid hope we have in Christ—saving, steadfast, sustaining, satisfying, and supernatural hope. When our hope is centered in God, we have a steady anchor for troubled times. We can hold onto Him when all else fails.

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, survived the Holocaust. At one point in his remarkable life, his medical opinions rescued patients who were destined for death under the Nazi euthanasia program. Frankl wrote of the hope that welled up in some poor souls who struggled under Nazi tyranny:

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread,” Frankl wrote. “They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Are you struggling with something today? Do you feel burdened by poor health, weighed down by circumstances, and lost in hopelessness? Hope is a choice. Counsel your heart: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62:5-6). Anchor your hope in the Lord.

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