Saturday Sermon: Ain't no mountain high enough
"The degree of forward movement you experience in life will always be in direct proportion to the placement of your hope!"
- Coach Tommy Boland from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
When your hope is in Jesus, there is no obstacle too great to overcome, no mountain too high, no valley too low, no river too wide. (Almost sounds like a Motown song.)
However, when you build your hope on anything smaller than Jesus, obstacles and opposition can, and will, overwhelm you and cause you to stop moving onward. Once our eyes are turned in another direction and we lose sight of the path even for a moment, we are lost, and we don't know where we are.
If this brief devotion finds you in a place where you are struggling to move onward, take some time to check what you have placed your hope in.
Are you hoping for your spouse to get romantic? Are you hoping for your job to become fulfilling? Are you hoping for your situation in life to get better? Stop hoping in anything that is smaller than Jesus. Sure, in the short run the promise of these false gods can be powerful and pleasing.
But in the end, they leave you wanting; they simply cannot deliver on their promises. Because of the fall and God's subsequent curse, we will find no satisfaction outside of God in Christ in this life.
When your hope is in the God of hope, you can even have hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. When your hope is in the God of hope, there is nothing that can stand in the way of your onward progress. Your safety is in the hands of omnipotence, your security is in the hands of omnipresence, and your success is in the hands of omniscience.
"Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God."
As His people, because of what He has done for us - giving us a name, an identity, His righteousness and eternal life - we are able to keep going because He is moving us forward. So our hope truly is in Him, for without Him, we could not and would not keep moving forward.
The only place to find the kind of hope you need to keep moving forward is found in the one who died for you, so that you could live for Him bringing Him glory and enjoying Him forever.
Mike Singenstreu is the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, PCA, which meets at 1929 Red River, in the Crossroads Center. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org