Holding Onto Hope

This week has been one of those heavy weeks for our nation.  We all felt the horror and shock as we heard news of the evil and senseless attack in Boston on Monday, and then we were shaken once more by the explosion on Wednesday night right here in our home state in West, TX.  

Today I was reminded of the prophet Jeremiah who walked faithfully with God through a very heavy time in Israel's history.  How would you like to have had his job?  Go and proclaim God's message.  By the way, no one will listen to you, you will be mocked and abused and the end result will be the complete destruction of Jerusalem.  

Lamentations is a book in the Bible where Jeremiah is lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem.  It is a very real and honest book from a man who both hurt deeply and held onto God deeply.  Here's an exerpt from Chapter 3:

'17 I gave up on life altogether. I've forgotten what the good life is like. 18 I said to myself, "This is it. I'm finished. God is a lost cause." It's a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God 19 I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. 20 I remember it all - oh, how well I remember - the feeling of hitting the bottom. 21 But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: 22 God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. 23 They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! 24I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left. 25 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. 26 It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.'

The fact is we are not in heaven yet.  Everything and everyone that exists on this planet is broken.  It is a broken planet filled with broken people.  We have a GOOD GOD who loves us enough to give us the freedom to choose Him or reject Him.  We are right in the middle of an epic spiritual battle filled with tragedy, evil and darkness AND beauty, good and light.  No matter what happens....no matter where we are....no matter what evil tries to do....OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL....OUR GOD IS GOOD....OUR GOD IS WITH US....OUR GOD WILL NOT FAIL. 

Keep holding onto hope today....

in Christ,

Brian