It seems like only a few days ago that I was taking care of few things before I left my office for the month of July and here we are, nearly mid-August. It is amazing how quickly time in days, weeks and months pass in our lives. And still there are days or nights that seem they might never end. Most often the latter is during a time of pain or loss or life challenge. So while we all look forward to joy filled summer days with family and good friends, we will also experience difficulties in life no matter the season.
While up north in July just browsing through a gift shop, I saw a beautiful stone carving with a bible verse that for some reason spoke to me that day:
“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope . . .”
And for a moment I wondered how ready is anyone to speak of their reason for hope? From where does hope come? What or who offers hope in difficult times? As Christians we identify Jesus Christ as our hope for it is in and through Jesus that we will live eternally with God. But are we ready to speak that if someone should ask? Could you speak to someone about Jesus in such a way that they would understand how it is that you find hope in him?
As I looked at the rock carving, I thought, how appropriate that this verse is carved in stone; it reminded me that God’s Word is like that– something that will last forever - it is “rock solid.” In all that we have been taught by God through Jesus we are given a solid foundation for our faith. Our role is to live our Christian faith in such a way that others might come to know Jesus – either by witnessing our actions and reactions in life or by hearing us speak of our faith in Jesus who indeed is our hope in this life and beyond.
Take time this week to ponder just where it is that you find hope and imagine for a moment someone asking you, especially when you are dealing with a difficult time in life, where your hope comes from. Are you prepared to share the Good News of Jesus? If you wonder or are uncertain, turn to him, pray to him, ask him to give you the strength and courage to speak of your hope. Surely he will hear and answer you!
With hope in our Lord,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC