There is always hope.
Living in this world, we see so many people every day. Actors, musicians, models, friends, family, enemies, you name it. And towards all of them, we all tend to have the same preconceived notions.
They have their life together, and I don’t.
They are happy and fulfilled, and I’m not.
They have great relationships with others, and I don’t.
They don’t have problems like I do, and they don’t know how I feel.
Everyone loves them, but nobody cares about me.
Have you ever thought that way? It’s easy to look at Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, and say, “Wow. That person has no idea what my life’s like.” Well, you know what? It’s not true.
Everyone faces difficulty. We live in a broken world. We’re are all real people with real problems.
And as tough as it is to accept, becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that our problems go away. No matter who we may be, accepting Jesus doesn’t mean we’re happy all the time or life is easy. But what it does mean is that we don’t have to face difficulty alone.
There is always hope for us. And the Cross is proof of this.
Let me explain.
Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15). This was all because of His grace, and none of us deserved it. I love the first part of 1 Corinthians 15:10.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.”
Because of His grace (and His grace alone), we have been brought to a point of renewal. We no longer are condemned by our sins, but we are counted righteous in His sight.
And when we consider how much He loves us – enough to send His Only Son to die for us – how much more will He help us in our daily lives?
When we consider the power He possesses – enough to raise His Son from the dead – how much more will He then take on our small problems as His own?
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
When we have difficulties, and we make it, it is God’s power working in us. His strength. His grace.
1 Peter 5:7
“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”
We do not have to carry our burdens, for God will carry them. He cares for us more than we realize, and all we have to do is cry out to Him.
We are never without hope. We can never brush off Jesus’ sacrifice for us, or God’s love. His peace, and joy, and renewal are free for the asking. Hope has come to us, and we must never forget that. God wants us to accept the hope that He gives us, of the saving of our souls and of the taking of our burdens.
Now as a reminder of these things, I’m giving away some downloadable wallpapers. I’ve been trying my hand at graphic-making. The first one is a desktop wallpaper, and the second one is a phone wallpaper. Enjoy! Feel free to share on social media with your friends.
To download the desktop wallpaper, click here and you’ll be taken to Google Drive. Click on the download icon at the top of the page, and the image will be saved to your computer.