For several weeks we’ve been looking at the lives of people in the Bible and how God moved them from hard places to hopeful places. From failures to famines, we see God show up again and again with miracles, love, and sunrise breakfasts to bring hope into their lives.
And He is still doing this in lives today.
It is all a part of the story that started way back in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve put us all into the most challenging position we’ll ever be in: separated from the God who created us to be in community with Him.
Kicked out of the garden, their relationship broken, Adam and Eve were the first to be given hope.
“And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Right then and there, in front of them all, God tells the serpent (Satan) that this one strike will be put right. He may have nipped at the heel of humanity, but God was going to bring the One who would restore all things.
Jesus doesn’t show up once we’ve mastered our sin or when we’re sure we deserve Him. He shows up right when we actually need Him because that’s when we need hope the most.
The broken relationships, the failures, the scarcity, the family disasters. This is when Jesus arrives as the hope we really need, the only hope that can actually do anything about our circumstances or our broken hearts.
Each of these people, in turn, went on in Scripture and in their lives to share their hope of faith in God with others.
Elijah went to Mount Carmel to turn the hearts of a nation back to God. Mary bore Jesus Christ our Savior. Peter led the early Church. Sarah is in the Hebrews Hall of Faith.
We were meant to see their stories, be renewed, and then take our hope on the road. Question is: will you?
Are you renewed in the hope of Jesus Christ, no matter what you’re facing?
God, You can do exceedingly, abundantly more than I can ask or imagine! Show me where to take my hope in a world starving for it!
How is God asking you to take your hope on the road and to who?