Hope in Christ
The fact that Jesus so loved us that he would sacrifice his own life in order to give each of us eternal life, is an absolute and eternal truth. This truth in itself brings us hope, but the Savior also left an example for us to follow. During his life and ministry, Jesus faced similar trials to those that we experience, and during no part of his life was he free from temptation.
Otherwise, it would not have been a true experience of mortal life. “And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, and hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer” (Mosiah 3:7)
We live in a time of trouble and turmoil. We face so many kinds of challenges, frustrations, and disappointments, but still, there is hope. As we read the scriptures, we will find the instruction from Jesus to “be of good cheer.(Matthew 9:2)” He also said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
After King Benjamin asked the people to live a good life, having hope in Christ, “They all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” (Mosiah 5:2)
“All of us need to believe that things will get better. No matter how dark the night or how long the struggle, we all need to believe that the dawn will come and that the tears of the night will be dried in the rays of the morning sun. The Psalmist is giving us good old -fashioned hope when he promises, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Fortunately, that morning always comes…. We ought to anticipate the Savior’s light in our life as anxiously as we hope for the warmth and rising of that reassuring sun…. One day He will come again to rule and reign as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. For that day we eagerly and longingly wait “more than they that watch for the morning.” … No matter how much weeping endures for a night, there will always be joy in the morning if we hope in God.” (Jeffrey R. Holland)
It is the Savior that gives us this blessing of hope. How grateful we need to be for it. Understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ, doing his work, and following the prophets will assure for each of us a realization of hope until we can say as Paul did, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)