To Those Who Need Hope – Part 1 – Introduction

Let me preface by stating something that’s obvious but not always clear, something that’s unavoidable and good to be reminded of: We all need hope.

This series – To Those Who Need Hope – is addressed to all of us.

There isn’t a single one of us who doesn’t need hope in his or her life. There isn’t a single one of us who doesn’t need the love of God. We need hope, and we need it all the time. We need the love of God “like we need a heartbeat,” as Rend Collective sings.

We are desperate for love and for hope. We see it in our movies, in our songs, in the art of history past and present, in each other, and in our own hearts. You can search “Why do we need hope?” on Google and read articles about “why hope matters” from Psychology Today, “why it’s so important to hope” from USA Today, and why we need hope as asked by users on Quora. We endure because of hope. It doesn’t matter if you’re an atheist, an agnostic, a Muslim, a Jew, a liberal, a conservative, black, white, man, woman, gay, or straight—you still need hope. You still need love.

Our lives are full of turmoil and despair and suffering, among moments of happiness and contentment. We can be easily trapped within the motion of things, within the flow of the world. We often find ourselves having to stop and take a step back, look at things in a different light, remember to breathe, and readjust. Our human condition makes it inevitable for us to desire and need both hope and love.

We need something to look up to, to look forward to, to aim at—to remind us that we aren’t alone. We need to know that we are suffering for a reason, that it is not done in vain. We need to be able to close our eyes and know that “this too shall pass.”

Many of us hope we get that job promotion, that special Christmas gift, that bigger, nicer house. We hope that this person we really like will like us back, that we don’t miss the plane, that it won’t rain tomorrow. While it’s okay to wish for these things, they don’t represent the same desire I am referring to. That desire is deeper. It’s within our souls and it longs for meaning and substance.

We are told to put our trust and hope into the Lord and his unfailing love (Psalm 147:11). That’s where our true, substantive hope lies. For every rejection, disappointment, struggle, death, every point of pain, there is the love of God, above it all. Bigger than it all. He suffers alongside us, and steps with us the entire way. If we put our hope in Him, all the worries, frustrations, and sufferings of life don’t seem as big anymore.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Our suffering is temporary. God’s love is eternal. And our hope in Jesus Christ—our rock, our firm foundation—can get us through anything.


The next essay will deal with the pursuit of perfection.