Sometimes it can feel like this world is full of nothing but darkness. A loved one dies suddenly of a heart attack; a perpetrator walks free while an innocent man is imprisoned; a child goes hungry as those who could help turn away. But despite all of the negativity, God wants us to have hope.
The hope that God offers is a bit different from what we might generally define as 'hope'. Hope is a word that gets thrown around a lot, and it's generally used to express the desire for something good to happen, often from uncertain or negative circumstances. But the hope God offers us isn't naively optimistic, which is why it won't disappear when that good thing doesn't come to pass.
Because we can trust in our loving Father, we don't just hope for, we have hope in. We have hope that if we fail that test or if the cancer comes back that God is still working in our favour, wrapping us in His loving arms as we go through life's toughest moments. With this kind of hope, a terminal diagnosis is a temporary disappointment, because we have nothing to fear from death.
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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28