Where is Your Hope?

As a child, our Church sang a hymn that is important for all of us to remember.  It applies specifically to election seasons and political candidates.  Edward Mote wrote it in 1834 as he pastored in England.  The story goes that he was writing the song, and he spent an afternoon visiting an extremely ill woman.  She invited him to sing to her and he began singing his own song while continuing his writing at the same time.  By the time the day was done, the woman had received comfort, and he had written six verses to his new hymn. 

Soon after, he contacted some publishers and told them to distribute his new song so that others might receive the same blessing as this sweet lady.  He wrote at least 100 other pieces in his life, but this one remains his best known and still touches lives over 165 years later.  The song is titled “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.” It is also called “On Christ the Solid Rock” because of the chorus. 

The verse states, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” All our hope is placed in the one who gave his life for us.  He is the one who knows the will of God above all others.  No matter how bad or how good life has become, I will not trust those moments but place ALL my hope in the work of Jesus. 

Then comes the chorus, “On Christ, the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.” ALL other ground is sinking sand.  It may look firm and give the appearance of hope, but real hope is only found in Christ. 

When the election is finally over and your candidate has won or lost, it doesn’t matter.  Jesus will still be on his throne, and he is the only one worthy of our trust.  Nothing and no one less than him will ever supply our deepest needs.  Days and seasons like this remind us to ask one central question about our lives:  Where is our hope built?

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