Hope Is Not Yet Lost
10/4/2012 by Bro. Mark Munson
?When it comes to hope, some of us feel that there is no hope, or at least very little. But the following words came from one of my devotion books: "Some have lost hope that they can experience the reality of God's presence in their lives...Your responsibility will not be to convince other of the reality of God, but simply to bear witness to what your Lord has said and done for you." Well, this reminds me of a time in my own life when I needed a little bit of hope. The occurrence was a very costly one for my parents because I had failed a course at Baylor, and taking and failing any course at Baylor is expensive, believe me! But it also cost me because I felt that I had let them down, and I had also let myself down. I was about as low as the proverbial snake's belly. I also was about to lay out a semester so I could kind of re-group myself and try to get things back on track. And I knew one more thing, that if I was to go back to Baylor, I would have to re-take this course and pass it. There was no other option.
Now here's what I want to share with you, the very words that encouraged me and gave me hope that I could go back and do this. They came through a friend of mine and simply let me know that even though I had this failure, all was not lost. I could re-tackle this course and this time pass it with "flying colors". My friend quoted from Philippians 3:13, 14, which says, "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." With great hope and joy, this told me that I couldn't live in the failure of my past, that was simply no good. But I could and did focus on the future, on re-taking this course and giving it my all, believing and knowing that I could pass it! And, praise the Lord, I did!
So, if you have failed at some endeavor, and we all do, don't give up. It's not over. The game can still be played, but your focus has to be upon God and upon the encouragement and hope that His word provides. And remember, as Paul concludes this book, he says, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus", (Phil. 4e:19), therefore, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!" (Phil. 4:13).