Don’t Forget Where Your Hope Lies

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I feel so sad for Robin Williams and for his family.

My own brother took his life when he was 22 after struggling for a long time with depression. Members of our church have lost family members to suicide as well. What is especially heart breaking when someone commits suicide is knowing they had to get to a place where they were hopeless. It makes me sad to think of someone having no hope. And even believers, when in the throes of clinical depression or anxiety can feel they have no hope.

I have not heard any indication that Robin Williams believed in Jesus. But what makes me sad is to think about how hopeless he was. Like all of us in this fallen world, he had a number of real hardships. But it would appear that he had so many of the blessings in this world that people crave – a successful career, wealth, beautiful home, possessions, an attractive spouse, children, and the admiration and love of thousands.

Robin Williams? death reminds me to be grateful for the hope I have and to remember where my ultimate hope is.

Believers in Jesus have hope in this life. We have hope to know our Lord more and more. We have hope that he is continuously interceding for us. We have hope knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus. We have hope that he will never leave us nor forsake us. We have hope that he is working in our lives, protecting us, guiding us, orchestrating every event. We have hope that he hears and answers our prayers. We have hope knowing we are God?s beloved children. We have hope knowing the Spirit intercedes for us. We have hope knowing the Lord will fulfill his purpose for us. We have hope because our sins are forgiven and there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus.

But we must not forget that our hope is not in this life only, for Paul tells us in 1 CO 15:19:

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

We must not forget where our hope lies.

Our ultimate hope is the hope laid up for us in heaven:

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven…CO 1:3-5

We have a hope laid up for us in heaven. Hope is always in the future. We look forward to it. We have the hope of seeing Jesus face to face. We have the hope of having new imperishable bodies. We have the hope of having every tear wiped away and being filled with immeasurable joy, never to know sadness again. We have the hope to be free from sin and temptation. We have the hope of being reconciled to every believer and feasting at the marriage supper of the Lamb forever. We have hope of knowing more and more of the infinite greatness and glory of our God and never ceasing to be filled and satisfied in him. We have hope of being glorified and completely conformed to the image of Christ. We have hope that someday all our hard times will make sense and we will see how God worked all things for our good.

Our hope helps us endure the afflictions of this life. It motivates us to keep going, to keep moving toward that day when our hope will be fulfilled. To not give up. What a blessing it is to have hope. What a blessing to know that someday Jesus will wipe our tears away and make everything right. Our hope makes it possible to be ?sorrowful yet always rejoicing? (2 CO 6:10).

If you have hope today give thanks to God. ?Pray for those you know who feel hopeless. And let us strengthen our hope by meditating on God’s?Word. And let us not forget where our ultimate hope lies. Let us thank Jesus today that he is our hope of glory, and that he has laid up hope for us in heaven. And let us pray that our heavenly Father would bring his kingdom, and save multitudes to deliver them from their hopelessness and give them the hope that we have.

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.