In my first book the central theme was learning to cope with all the trials and tribulations that this life throws at us. The application of the lost art of “sucking it up” for a world full of complainers and malcontents. That advice is much needed in today’s society and applies to most of our day-to-day gripes and situations. But it doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to another group of individuals…those dealing with the atrocities of life. Those in situations we dread to ponder.
There are multitudes in this world dealing with Alzheimer’s, cancer, untimely deaths of those we love, being struck down with long painful drawn out illnesses while still in the prime of life, genocide, homelessness and much more. “Suck it up buttercup” isn’t appropriate for those folks, so what are they supposed to do? How are they expected to cope and what advice do they get? What guidance do they receive in order to deal with the enormous loads they bear? Hope and faith. Hope in a better tomorrow–that this life is fleeting and momentary in the overall scheme of things. Faith in a loving savior that holds a spot in heaven for those willing to believe in his power, his gift of salvation and persevering long enough to hold onto that faith through all their painful trials. Hope and faith.
If we don’t have hope, if we can’t find our faith–what else does the future hold for us besides being fearful of returning to the dust from whence we came? Our flesh may be weak, but we must be strong in the Lord.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9
“Brothers, we do not want you to…grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.” 1 Thes 4:13
“Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us….in hope that [we] will be liberated from [our] bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” Rom 8:18-22
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Cor 4:16-18.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19
“Devout men are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” Isaiah 57:1-3