God does not lose hope. He is not uncertain of his plan working out in the world, or wondering if he can conquer the next obstacle. He is not worried that we might not do our part, and the whole thing will come crashing down.
He is not tired. He is not anxious. He is not overwhelmed.
He is not indifferent to our troubles, our insecurities, our worries.
But he is secure enough in who he is to swallow all of our problems without them bringing him down.
It is in the moment that we see Jesus on the cross that we realize God’s commitment to humanity. In becoming like us, he makes a new way for us to be victorious in the midst of pain, despair, and death.
Because ultimately, he cannot be conquered. And since his Spirit lives in us, and his promise is to work all things together for good for his followers, we can believe that his plans for us will come to fruition.
Some of our wounds, some our questions, will never find answers this side of heaven. But his challenge to us is to see the unfolding history that we are participating in through eyes of faith. To approach others in love. To hope.
We all borrow hope from one another from time to time. I think one of my favorite things about being a part of the community of followers of Jesus is that when I run out of hope, energy, or motivation, others gather around me to lift me up with encouragement, love, and prayer.
But ultimately, that hope can’t be rooted in the Body, no matter how amazing our communion is. Jesus, the Messiah, is the head of the Body. His death and resurrection are what give us hope. His presence
is what keeps us going. Because he lives, we believe that redemption is possible – that there is no situation so horrible, no sin so ugly, no life so full of despair that he can’t turn it around.
As I look around at the situations of people – oppression,
prejudice, and misunderstandings from without, competition, entitlement, and ethnic pride from within – it can be easy to get lost in the layered impossibilities of their circumstances. How can I believe in a God who is at work redeeming the world when I see so much
pain, violence, and evil going unchecked directly in front of me? It is too much of a burden for me to carry; in fact it was a burden that was never meant to be mine.
And yet, God has not lost hope for people.. He is not surprised by what he sees, and he is determined to bring his reality into their broken world.
I’ve been slowly realizing, as I’ve come to him with my exhaustion and brokenness, that I can’t rely only on my own vision, my own strength.
I need to borrow hope from him; to take a few
minutes to regroup and look at people from his perspective.
And so when Jesus calls us to come to him with our burdens and rest, I can believe that this is exactly what I need. Even though the work isn’t finished, even though there is still sin and suffering, even though the Kingdom has not yet come on earth… God is handling it.
– a missionary serving God in Asia