Many of us go through everyday life with disappointing news. It seems like we just can’t get ahead. A recent Facebook post I saw said something like “Being a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t get knocked down, it just means you won’t stay down.” This is a good paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 4:9 which states:
We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (2 Cor 4:9 NLT)
Today, as I was driving to work, I heard the song “There is Hope in Front of Me” I didn’t know much of the background to this song, but the announcer briefly gave some history of the singer. Danny Gokey was a contestant on the 8th season of American Idol. His wife had encouraged him to audition, and soon it became both of their dreams for him to become a superstar. Just four weeks before his audition, his wife underwent routine surgery (her third for a congenital heart disease), but unfortunately due to complications did not survive.
He went on to audition, and became a finalist. Now, just 4 years later, after continued pursuit of his dream, he has succeeded as a prominent Country singer, but with strong ties to his church and a great new song “There is Hope in Front of Me.”
Despite how bad your circumstances may seem, God is watching over you. In spite of not seeing hope, we can all have hope.
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” (Romans 4:18 NLT)