Holding on to Hope

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23

While my family and I have been forging through these strange times relatively unscathed, I have been bothered by one thing.

Some believers seem to be more focused on criticizing our governor and his mandates regarding Covid-19, than on maintaining a testimony of grace, temperance, wisdom, and hope among the community.

During a shopping trip last week, my daughter and I noted signs in many people’s yards declaring, “PRITZKER SUCKS.”

While we are blessed to live in a free country in which we are able to voice our opinions, peaceably assemble, and otherwise stand up for our beliefs, I feel that it’s wrong to attack others personally.

hands-1926414_1280I should stand up for my conservative Biblical values. I should speak against sin. I should put my beliefs into action.

And, I ought to obey God, rather than men (Acts 5:29).

But I cannot, in good conscience, waste time on soap-box rhetoric, or allow bitterness and anger toward the governor, or about this entire situation, to take root in my heart and overflow into what I say and do.

Did Christ rail against the injustices of the Roman empire against the Jews?

Does the Bible say that dragging our political leaders through the mud is ever justified?

I have been trying to seek out what is good and hopeful during these trying times.

I wonder, what is God trying to do through this situation, in America, and in my own heart?

How can I use these times to encourage others?

How can I spread hope, especially the hope of the gospel?

I have more time these days, so I can pray more.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. – 1 Timothy 2:1-3

sky-2667455_1280I can listen to and learn from all sorts of online sermons and Bible studies.

I can be a cheerful – not fearful – presence when I venture out into the community, and I can still pass out tracts.

I can rejoice in the increase in new believers among those who have turned to online ministries because they longed to connect with God.

And, I can hold onto the certain hope of eternal life with Christ, and the promise of his return.

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:13

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. – J. R. R. Tolkien

How are you holding onto hope during a time of so much negativity? I welcome your comments.

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19 thoughts on “Holding on to Hope”

    1. Thank you, Stephen! Glad you are finding hope in the Word, and that the blogging community gives you encouragement. All of you lovely people certainly encourage me to express what I learn in Scripture. And I know your blog encourages SO many people…keep on writing!


  1. As a Catholic, you bring up an especially vexing problem for me. There are plenty of Catholics who feel the Church should be a unified voice for the Republican Party, and that simply isn’t what we’re here to do! I remind my people constantly that, in terms of behaving the way God would have us act, neither political party has it right.

    And that leads me to the subject of hope. I hang onto the idea, and promote it, that we are pilgrims, passing through this life toward something infinitely better. It therefore doesn’t serve us to be constantly upset by world and national and local bickering. We are called to something higher, and as Peter learned when he got out of the boat, as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, all will be well in the end. That give me hope!

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    1. Mike, you reflect my own thoughts so beautifully, as always. I agree with your thoughts on politics – my husband and I always try to support those whose ideologies best line up with Scripture, no matter their political party. Sometimes, sadly, we can only vote for the best alternative; other times, our conscience dictates that we vote for no one at all.
      Your reminder of our pilgrimage through this life made me smile. Some day, none of this “bickering,” as you said, will matter; and we need to live for what WILL matter in the life to come.
      Thanks again, Mike, for your insightful comments.

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  2. I’ll admit, I have been finding my thoughts drifting to the “whys” of it all, instead of being thankful in all things. I have been talking to the LORD about it quite often. I miss being home where the world could be falling apart but my little community helps, supports, and takes care of each other. But the LORD removed me from there and brought me here. I asked Him yesterday, why in the most frightening thing that I have ever experienced in my life is happening, the virus and all this unrest would He want me here, instead of back home? I havent gotten an answer. Trusting in Him should be my first thought. Knowing that He has a reason for everything, and His knowing the “why” is far better than me knowing anything.

    When it comes to our politicians, the verse from Timothy you posted is what God tells us. They are but human too. In all fairness, I feel they are all, Democrat or Republican are doing the best they can do with what they have. If they are not they, just like us all, will have to account for that to the LORD. They have hundreds of people in their ears telling them what they should or should not be doing. I can barely manage my households(here and back home) during all this. I couldn’t imagine what they have to deal with trying to do what is best for everyone.

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  3. Good thoughts. There’s so much to ponder and pray about these days. We can pray for ALL of our brothers and sisters no matter the color, but our black brothers and sisters need it the most right now. We can pray too that our police forces can both do more training and ferret out the ones who just want to use their office to continue their prejudices or to wield power.

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