|by Henry T. Blackaby
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The 2008 new year has already ushered in with it enormous challenges for every believer. The appalling violence of global terrorism among our nations is ever increasing and widening. Consequently, much of our international political landscape is filled with turmoil and upheaval. Bloodshed is rampant. And with it all comes bewilderment for many and a desperate cry for hope!
We see many “voices” offer solutions from the minds of men and the world. They all promise hope but none can guarantee it. But for us who believe, Christ is our hope! With Paul we “…have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us…” (Hebrews 6: 18b, 19a). God’s promise of hope for us, and a watching world, is forever fulfilled in His Son.
Pray fervently in the days ahead that God will reveal Himself to you and guide you throughout the coming year. Seek to recognize where God is calling you to be on mission with Him. Bring Christ, who is our hope, to a world that is crying out for hope. We, at this moment, must be bearers of God’s sure hope! May we be found“…not lagging in diligence, fervent in Spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer…” (Romans 12:11-12).