Recently I went to see Catching Fire (the 2nd in the Hunger Games trilogy).  I remember from the first movie there was a conversation between President Snow and Seneca Crane.  During the conversation President Snow asks what is stronger than fear.  His answer is, “Hope . . . It is the only thing stronger than fear!”  Then he says, “A little hope is effective.  A lot of hope is dangerous.  Spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.  So, contain it.”

In Catching Fire that thread of “dangerous” hope is there once again.  Katniss has become a “beacon of hope” and “a symbol” for the people.  She has given them the strength to think they can rise up and be successful too.  They want to destroy and eliminate her so they can get rid of hope and maintain control.  They government wants to keep things under their control and they are afraid if the people are too hopeful they lead a rebellion and take over.  So their answer is get rid of hope.

Jesus came to give us hope and to give us victory in this life and in eternity.  Satan has an objective to cause us to feel defeat where we should be experiencing victory in Christ.  Satan wants to bring discouragement and disillusionment where we should be experiencing encouragement and hope.  Satan comes to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10) and Jesus comes to give us “abundant life.” (John 10:10).

When life has been uncertain, have you been experiencing the joy and peace of putting your hope in God?  Have you been trusting God and having faith in Him while you are in the throughs of uncertainty?  Have you been allowing Satan to put fear and uncertainty in your heart where God wants to give certainty and peace?  Have you been living by the truth . . . When life is uncertain, God is certain!

About Mike Chandler

Follower of Jesus Christ, Husband, Father, Pastor of Summit Community Church in Morganton, NC View all posts by Mike Chandler

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