David Daniel is Pastor at Celebration Church in Shreveport.
The message of the gospel is always good news—even when we are in life’s most difficult circumstances. The heart of the Good News of the gospel is that in spite of our sins and failures, God sent Jesus to pay the price for us, to redeem us back to God and His purpose for our lives, by His grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says this: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” The grace of God is always more powerful than the sins and failures of your life. He is so powerful and so good that when we need Him the most and feel like we deserve Him the least, God doesn’t desert us in those times; instead, He comes and offers His grace to us. There is always hope in Him.
Our country is in a crisis that is beyond human capacity to change, but there is hope in grace. Many of us also have problems in our personal lives right now that are beyond our ability to fix—sins, mistakes, failures, wrong decisions, failed relationships, and on and on the list could go. I’ve heard so many people with these kinds of problems say, “I’ve got a lot of problems and I need to get my life worked out, then I’ll come to God.” If that’s you, then let me assure you that it will never work that way. Listen closely to the Father’s heart for you right now: “You’ve got a lot of problems and you need to get your life worked out. What a perfect time for Me to give you hope and show you how good and how powerful I am!” He loves and desires you so much right where you are right now! There is hope for you.
Hope has a name, and it’s Jesus. It’s time for you to stop looking back and move forward. After all, do you want your life story to be about what you can do, or about what God can do through you and for you? God has a purpose for you and plans for you to do something significant for Him. It’s time to stand up and reclaim God’s dream for your life! It’s time for us to trust in God’s grace and put our eyes on Him. Start where you are in coming to Him—even if circumstances aren’t ideal. Through every season and trial in my own life, I have personally experienced God in it, always leading me back to hope. And He longs to do that for you.
You may feel empty, brokenhearted, and neck-deep in something that has left you defeated and hopeless. I have some wonderful news for you: there is no hopelessness in God! He says this about your future: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). Jesus can turn any situation in your life—any problem area, any weakness—completely around for His glory and your good!
Jesus is not angry with you; He longs to save you and to give you hope: “God did not send His Son into this world to condemn it, but to save it” (John 3:17). Some of you who are reading this right now feel hopeless in your current season of life. Jesus wants to give you courage to have hope for your future. He is the only One who heals and restores broken lives and dreams. My prayer for you is that you will experience HOPE for yesterday’s mistakes, HOPE for today’s challenges, and HOPE for tomorrow’s promises as you experience more of Jesus—the very name of hope!
David Daniel is Pastor at Celebration Church in Shreveport