Blog: The Chaplain's Chirps
Imagine being out of a job despite all your attempts, living with your family despite wanting your independence, having language barriers, and then being told that you have cancer. How would you feel about what God is doing in your life?
Well, I met this very man a week ago, and he had two recurring questions for me: Did he do something bad in his life why God was punishing him? And, was he going to be able to go to heaven despite suffering? We had a long discussion, and throughout that discussion, I knew there were many things happening under the surface. But I knew he was questioning his faith, and it appeared he had lost hope.
So what is hope?
I wanted to focus for a bit on the Helmet of Salvation. Paul writes to those in Ephesus and those in Thessalonica reminding them of the helmet. In Thessalonians he says “and for an helmet, the hope of salvation”. We know the basis of that hope, and the truth of that hope. It is a hope that does not change when we change, or change because of our feelings. It is a hope centered in an unchangeable God who has saved us, and has a plan for our lives. Having the reality of faith in our heart is the foundation of our hope in Christ.
Hebrews 6: 19-20 says “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever.”
If you have ever been through depression, or a time of questioning God, you know it’s not just changing your mindset. It is deep, it is hard to change. Don’t just tell someone to have hope, BE there for them through the faith walk because that is important. Without faith, hope is fleeting. Remember your armor – it’s not automatic. Paul says “PUT ON the whole armor...” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.