The circumstances of life can bring us to a state of hopelessness. Thankfully, God uses many means – coupled with His Spirit – to renew our hope. Among those means are God’s Word, caring friends, and faithful ministers of today and long ago.
One of those faithful ministers is Reverend Henry Law. He reminded 18th century believers (and you and me today) that there’s fresh hope found in reflecting on Jesus Christ and His sacrifice at Calvary.
“Hope is renewed in strength and mounts up with wings as eagles, when it contemplates what Christ has suffered for His people. He has redeemed them, but with what price!
He paid not silver and gold for their ransom. He gave not all the precious things of earth as their equivalent. He heaped not worlds upon worlds and placed them as payment in the balance of God’s justice. All such expenditure would have been unfailing as the chaff.
He gave Himself, His life, His blood. He gave so much that He could give no more; and He gave this to bear the extremest curse of God, to endure all the punishment, and all the miseries, and all the anguish which His people must have suffered if they had wailed through all the endless ages amid the torments of the lost.
Hope sweetly reasons. He who has done so much, will He not surely give all that His people really need! Therefore it treads down all hosts of doubt, and against all timidities of reason, ‘laughs at impossibilities, and says, It shall be done!’
O Lord, we look to thy suffering Cross as our sure Hope.”
~Henry Law from Christ Is All
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”