A lot of the music we hear now is only telling the artist side of the story, what about the gospel side? ( the good news) To me it is presenting an incomplete picture of life as a Christ-follower. It highlights the glory—the miracle on the way, the dance-like-it’s already-here, the reach-up-and-receive side. And parts of that are true. God’s promises to provide for us, to care for us, and to bless us when we act in faith are real. We need that encouragement. We need that uplifting part. We need to bob our heads, clap our hands and stomp, to bask in the hope and realization of victory.
Like Jesus’ disciples during the days of the early church, and like many of our Christian brothers and sisters there are times when we are called to suffer for our faith. Sometimes we’ll suffer because of our own bad choices, or those of others. There are times we will suffer, simply because we live in a fallen world. Jesus shared this with his disciples: “ . . . In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) So our ultimate hope, then, is not necessarily in overcoming our tribulations here on earth. It’s in our belief that God is good, that he is with us, and that he triumphs ultimately. It's nothing wrong with having hope but, our hope is in the life to come.