Finding Hope in Uncertain Times
2020 has been a wicked year.
A global pandemic has brought fear over sickness and death and uncertainty about our future. What will our nation look like when this is all over? Will the economy bounce back? Will you have a job to return to? Are you going to be able to provide for your family?
It’s brought on all kinds of uncertainty and fear when it comes to our kids. Are they getting the education they need? Did you make the right decision to send them in-person or attend school virtually or to homeschool? Will they be behind at the end of this? Will they be prepared to successfully navigate the future? What kind of future will they have?
Our nation is becoming more and more divided as years of hurt and anger boil to the surface. Social unrest abounds pitting citizen against government, and, often, citizen against citizen. We see crime and violence increasing. The divide is widening at an unfathomable rate. How will our nation heal from this hurt? Will we find unity again?
The upcoming elections only add to the uncertainty and turmoil we face. Will our politicians ever find common ground? If they can’t get it together, what kind of society will we pass on to our children? Will life as we know it continue?
Is there any hope?
For Christ-followers, the current events shouldn’t come as a surprise. Jesus told us this was going to happen in Matthew 24:6-8. He told us that there would be labor pains, but He comforted us saying that all of these things are necessary to prepare for His second coming.
That is what we must focus on in this time of uncertainty—the glorious return of our Lord and Savior! (Titus 2:13) That, sweet friends, is our hope! We know that the Savior will return. That is a fact we can count on. In the meantime, while we wait for that glorious day, there is work to be done.
Listen to the instructions the apostle Paul gave us in Titus 2:11-13 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) when he said, “For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
First, Paul reminded us that Christ Jesus has already defeated sin and death bringing “salvation for all people.” (Titus 2:11) Hope has already won! Within that, we must remember that Jesus died for all people! He loves ALL people. ALL. The. People! Even the ones you and I aren’t so sure about—He sacrificed His life for every single person, and He wants a relationship with every single one of them!
As Christ-followers, we should be living lives that point others to Christ. Paul described what that should look like telling us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts. (Titus 2:12) We must not put our hope in this world and the things it has to offer. After all, this world is not our home. (Hebrews 13:14) When we remember that this world is not our home, that all of the fear and uncertainty we’re currently facing is not forever, that it’s all pointing to the return of our Savior, we can experience hope and freedom to live lives that point others to Christ.
Our lives, our words and actions, should seem different from the world around us as we face uncertainty. We’re instructed to live in “sensible, righteous, and godly ways.” (Titus 2:12) We must ask ourselves, how are we responding to the chaos and turmoil of these uncertain times? Are we allowing our fears to cripple us? Are they causing us to lose sight of Christ Jesus, in turn, changing our behavior?
Our lives should point people to Jesus, especially in times of great fear and uncertainty, because the world is crying out in fear looking for someone to save them. Our role is to show them who Jesus is by living in His hope and freedom.
But, how do we do that when we’re facing fear and uncertainty ourselves? How can we bring hope to the lost world when we’re scared? We do that by fixing our eyes on Christ, remembering that He will come again, and it will be glorious! We cling to the blessed hope that is Christ Jesus! (Titus 2:13)
Fear is part of being human, but we cannot let it become bondage that keeps us from following Christ Jesus. If we find that happening, we need to take time to refocus by spending time with Jesus in prayer and Scripture reading. Because when our eyes are truly on Christ, when we are truly walking alongside of Him every day, the world around us will see Him through us. And then they will begin to see the blessed hope that we have!
Friends, let us not lose hope in this time of uncertainty. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus in anticipation of His glorious return. If you’re struggling to keep your eyes focused on Christ Jesus, I encourage you to take time to stop and pray. Lay your fears and concerns at His feet. Ask Him to realign your focus.
Jesus told us there would be days like these. He told us all of this must happen before His return. Let us live lives that exude the hope that is Christ Jesus by walking with Him daily, allowing His light to shine through us so that the world may know Him!
**If you’ve never committed your life to following Jesus and you’d like to know more about doing that, I encourage you to read Diana’s post entitled “Saved by Grace through Faith.” You can also email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to talk with you about how you can have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus!