We Are Hopeful

It has been a year since I asked the question, What is Our Hope? and I’m doing a self-reflection of what happened over a year experiencing the Pandemic. For starters, I know it changed me. I could not pin-point exactly what are the changes but it really pushed me to change and adapt to the circumstances. Every day, as I hear and read the news, I am in constant awe of what the Lord has been doing during these times and my heart is so full knowing that I am blessed to witness God’s grace. Despite the unfavorable news and some disappointment and disarray, I believe God has a purpose on each and every one of us. As I am assessing what everyone lost during this pandemic, I am sure of this one thing – SECURITY. Among all the other things we all lost during this pandemic, I am 100% banking on the idea that we all lost security; Security at work, at our financial means, our relationships, with things that surround us, and ultimately on our health. Whenever we feel at lost on security, our vision of what’s ahead becomes blurry and we tend to hold on to the things nearer to us while we feel scared, restless, and anxious all at the same time, making us confused and scared. A confused individual can easily be distracted, swayed, and lured into things that may lead to regret in the end.

I am currently on the book of Proverbs and reading through it seems like relearning Psychology, and it made me accept a wider understanding than what I had before. I have been learning about WISDOM and it is something that we should constantly seek and we must acquire understanding on it. In reality, Godly Wisdom is not something that we always seek until it is too late. We do not often accept wisdom if we think we have everything under control. We only seek wisdom from God whenever our ways have already failed – a last resort as I may call it. Why do we “reject” wisdom and at the same time ask for it? Lol. Always a scratch on my head on that question. King Solomon on Proverbs had been loud and clear that when we seek and acquire God’s wisdom, we must TRUST and FOLLOW it. When we embrace God’s wisdom, it pleases the Lord, it can shield us from temptations, worldly deceptions, and it is one of our ULTIMATE PROTECTION. God’s wisdom is what we need to battle the loss of security in life. Acquired, understood, and applied wisdom would help us discern well through the hazy future this pandemic has been offering us.

Continue seeking wisdom through reading the Bible. The scriptures have it all. From the past, the present, and the future, it contains everything that God wants us to learn. Remember to acquire and understand wisdom the way it was thought to be understood and not on our own understanding. Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Living by God’s wisdom provides us peace of mind (Proverbs 3:24) and it removes fear (Proverbs 3:25).

For their command is a lamp
and their instruction a light;
their corrective discipline
is the way to life.

Proverbs 6:23 NLT

Today is Resurrection Sunday and more than the Hope that Jesus had gifted us, may we all continuously seek, understand, and live by God’s Wisdom. We always reject Jesus’ teachings and commands and yet, we all wanted to be saved and loved. This shows our sinful nature as humans and how much we need Jesus the most. The plight of the current events may give us discouraged heart, misaligned vision, and restless mind but let us not lose the grip of the Hope that Jesus came for us.

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NLT

The loss of security could have had us thinking what we have done in the past that made us deserve this but let me tell you, God will always want the best for us. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are justified with God. He died so that we live. God has forgiven u our past, present, and future sins. He sacrificed Himself once for all (Hebrews 9:26), Holy Spirit was given to us to help us deal with our present sins (Hebrews 9:24), and Christ promises to return and raise us to eternal life in a world where sin will be banished forever (Hebrews 9:28). Let us all be hopeful as the assurance of God’s promises are all written in the scriptures. Only through God’s wisdom we could fully understand and appreciate this. Let us put all our trust that despite there are unknown circumstances, there is a KNOWN GOD. Never allow this pandemic to distract us from what matters most – Jesus’ unwavering love for us.

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT

Our loss of security is a call for us to seek His Wisdom. Once sought, we will become hopeful for the things that are soon to come. Hopeful with Joy, at ease, focused, steadfast, unshaken – He is Risen!

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