When we struggle to believe, it's not that we've misplaced hope; it's that we've misplaced God, who is our hope.
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Have we, as gospel-centered, gospel-saturated believers, left the resurrection out of our gospel message?
We need not live under the fear of an unwritten future, for our hope is anchored in Christ.
And as the wonder of this line begins to sink in, it makes us want to sing, too.
The words "Jesus lives and so shall I, when he returns with him I'll rise" are engraved on his headstone.
I struggled with a hope deferred combined with physical suffering and a fight to trust God under difficult circumstances.
In one of the most powerful and poetic paragraphs I’ve ever read on human yearning and the hope of the gospel, Cornelius Plantinga (President of Calvin Theological Seminary) writes: The truth is that nothing in this earth can finally satisfy us. Much can make us content for a time but nothing can fill us to the brim. [...]
“I have wanted to believe that my son’s death caught God by surprise,” she said through tears. “But now I realize he was not surprised at all.” She and her husband had come to our most recent Respite Retreat, a retreat for couples who have faced the death of a child, and we had just finished discussing Jesus’ words about himself in Revelation 1:18, “I hold the keys of death and the grave.” In other words, no one goes through the door of death unless and until he opens that door.
"Hope is the soul of moral vitality; and any man, or society of men, who would live . . . must be looking forward to something. . . . An institution which is not struggling upwards towards a higher future must resign itself to the conviction that it is already in its decadence and must [...]