Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hope

The first thought that came to my mind when I stopped and focused on the word "hope" was that wonderful hymn, "The Solid Rock."


"My hope is build 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;
All other ground is sinking sand."
{Edward Mote/William B. Bradbury)

What is your hope built on?

If you are trusting in your job, or your bank account, your 401K, government, your preacher, your spouse, even in your own efforts ... well, I hate to tell you but each and everyone of those things can fail, and often does. (Those things are the "sweetest frame" part of the above song. No matter how loving or loyal that trustworthy thing or person upon whom you rely, since they are not God, they can crumble under life's pressure.)

Truth.


Here is where my hope is - in Jesus Christ.  Here is what I've based my life upon:


“... I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10

" My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand." John 10:27-28

When you think about it, what could be any stronger foundation to build my life upon than Christ?

The great thing is, anyone that wants to believe can put their hope in Christ.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 

Believing takes guts. It means going against the way the world thinks. But walking in faith and living in hope is worth more than any earthly reward. 

So, I ask you again, what is your hope built on?


~~~

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This post was written in response to the prompt "Hope" at the Loft.  You can read other responses or link up your own post here


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14 comments:

betty said...

We all do need hope; I heard that without it, people lose the ability to want to live. I am glad my hope is built on the Solid Rock of Jesus!

betty

Stacey Schneller said...

We sure do need hope and Jesus. Don't know what we would do without them. I am glad I have hope and Jesus. Loved your post. Have a great day.

Betsy Hart said...

I so needed to read this today. Thank you for your honesty friend.

blestbutstrest said...

My hope is definintely built on the Rock! I love that hymn :).

Leah Adams said...

Truth! You have given us absolute truth in this post and I am crazy about it. The older I grow and the more wicked our world becomes, the more I see the truth that Jesus is our only hope. It saddens me that the world is so blinded by Satan to that truth. Thanks for ringing the bell of truth at The Loft, Jerralea.

Michele Morin said...

This is bedrock, Jerralea! I'll be humming that hymn all day now!

Christine Malkemes said...

Well, looks like we're both on the same sheet of music. I am in your corner and we're not throwing in the towel. Our Champion, the One our hope is built on, is victorious. We've learned in from our past, we rest on it in the present and we look forward to it in the future. We are not a hopeless people of a hopeless God. Blessings, my sweet sister, blessings, Chris

Ren Simonitis said...

LOVE! I love that hymn! I like that you tackeled hope from the angle of it can't be anything but Christ because all else will let us down. That's a lesson I learned early on. It prevents a lot of heart ache when you know ahead of time that nothing else if worthy of being our hope.

Denise said...

awesome post

happywonderer.com said...

Love that good ole hymn and I'm singing it in my head right now. Where would we be without our hope in the Lord and our future with Him?

Jamie Miles said...

The first scripture you referenced, the one in Hebrews, comes to my mind more than any other. "I will never leave you nor forsake you." That fuels my hope that no matter what happens God is with me and in control, if I rest in him.

The Forever Joyful Homeschool said...

Yes! I love that hymn. I also think of the verse from 1 Peter that talks about how we have been born again into a living hope. We love posts like these at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup. After all, the Bible is the most important book of all times! http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=759

Jennifer Clarke said...

When our hope is in Christ, we can echo Paul's passionate proclamation in Philippians 3, counting all things as rubbish by comparison to the surpassing treasure of knowing Him.What a lifeline in this unstable, rocky world! Thanks for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth.

DeAnna Morris said...

Jeralee, as always, thank you for your words of wisdom, grace and truth. Blessings to you!
I love this HYMN too!