There is such Hope in these words. Live, not because of what we have achieved or even because of our failures, but live because of faith in Jesus. Remember our lives are not limited because of any earthly circumstance.
Every day is an opportunity to begin again. If yesterday was the pits (for whatever reason), today you can start again. You can turn in a new direction. You can view a problem or your present circumstances with a new perspective. You can even lay the burden down into the hands of our Savior. If the burden you carry is heavy and destructive, it is for God to carry because He said His burdens are light (Matthew 11:30).
There will be pain and suffering in this life. Those are characteristics of this world. Whether disease, mudslides, terrible random accidents and crimes, this world is a place where suffering permeates the lives of us all. Without the knowledge and faith in God’s promises, we would be overwhelmed and beaten down by the pain in so many lives. This does not mean that we understand the “why’s” of it all nor do I have a definitive answer as to God’s plan in all of it. What I do know is that God is here in all circumstances and He is faithful to hold and comfort me and carry me through every day.
An abundant life is one filled with God’s grace and mercy, freeing us from the prison of our sins and allowing us to joyfully follow Christ’s example to serve God’s children and magnify God so we may all know Him better. What do you believe? Have faith in Jesus Christ and LIVE an abundant life!