The Hope of the Faithful

In whom do you place your hope? During the election season, many intelligent people seem to lose their ability to reason, throwing all of their hope for tomorrow on a political candidate. Certainly, we must consider the issues before casting our vote, and we must base our choices on the promises made during the campaign, but never forget that a person—whether your preferred candidate or the other—has the ability (and often the penchant) of letting you down.

Isn’t that how it is with all people though? Have you ever been disappointed by your parents? Or your siblings? Perhaps a teacher didn’t follow through with a promised grade adjustment in high school, or a preacher failed to shake your hand after worship services. Your long-time friend forgot to wish you “happy birthday” on Facebook, your boss neglected to praise you for a job well done, your children ignored you when you asked them to make their beds…you get the idea. People can and people will disappoint us. They don’t intend to, but they do.

There is One in whom we can place our hope, One who will not disappoint us. We sing the hymn written by Edward Mote:

    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
    On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
    All other ground is sinking sand.

Let us keep our focus above, on God and His promises, and place our hope in Him. The Psalmist wrote:

    Remember the word to Your servant,
    Upon which You have cause me to hope. (Psalm 119:49)

And again:

    Why are you cast down, O my soul?
    And why are you disquieted within me?
    Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
    For the help of His countenance. (Psalm 42:5)

Pray for the men and women in office, and work to make this nation better, but place your hope in the One who is above.

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