We all face challenges in our lives which may cast doubt on our future. Our church recently faced such a challenge when we lost our beloved Pastor Ron. At such times we can become anxious about what lies ahead. But God has given us many assurances that tell us He holds our future and His intentions for us are good. We may not know all the details of our future, but what we can be sure of, gives us a hope that can withstand the storms of life. In this study we find how to rest in, rejoice over and live in anticipation of our hope for the future.
Resting in Hope
Read Matthew 8:23-26; Hebrews 6:19-20
Why do you think that Jesus was able to rest during the storm at sea while his disciples were terrified? Reflect on his challenge to practice “faith not fear.” What are some of the “storms” you are facing right now? How could having faith in Jesus be like holding onto an anchor in that storm?
Pray. Ask God to give you inner peace in the midst of your current “storms.”
Rejoicing in hope
Read 1Peter 1:3; Isaiah 61:1, 3
God is able to take what was intended for evil and redeem it for good. He can exchange “beauty for ashes.” Can you identify a situation in your life that was hurtful or wrong, but that God was able to redeem in some way? How does that previous experience give you hope for the future, even if it has difficulties?
Pray. Ask God to help you see how he’s been able to bring good even out of the “bad things” in your past.
Read Titus 2:11-13; Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17
God has promised us a “bright” future because it is filled with glory. In some ways it is the sunrise after the storm. How does the promise that “the sun will come out tomorrow” help a person make it through? How does “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” help you make it through?
Pray. When you are facing difficulties, ask God to help you to see that it will not always be this way. Ask him to give you “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”
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