Another post from my Sunday Sermon Series this time. Yesterday we discussed hope. Verses we read in this study: Hebrews 3:1, Peter 3:13-15, Psalm 71:1-16, Peter 1:1-9 and 13.
As Christians our hope is a product of our faith in God. Hope is not to be confused with wishful thinking. In our society today hope is used like this: "I hope you have a nice day." I have no idea what will happen to you today, but I wish that bad things will not happen to you, only good things. True hope for Christians is the assurance and conviction in God, and his promises to us. God created us, God loves us. Regardless of my (or our) situation in this fallen world, I have a promise from God that whatever I go through He will be there with me. I may not like the circumstances, and things might not get better for me in THIS world. But in eternity I know (have assurance and conviction) that I am promised life with God, an experience greater than I can even imagine.
Looking inward, or seeking answers or hope from the wisdom of man proves fruitless (as we see time and time again throughout history). Nothing in this world lasts forever. That path leads to despair.
Whatever happens to us we must keep our focus on God. Carry on trusting in Him, and seeking the path he has laid out before us.
This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lbs. paper. I hope you are encouraged by this, and that you all have a great day. --Ryan