March is here and it can certainly be described as “Mad March” with all the current uncertainty around Brexit. The saying “to be as mad as a March hare” is an English idiomatic phrase derived from the observed antics said to occur in the March breeding season of the European Hare, Lepus Europaeus.
This Brexit process is certainly unsettling for EU citizens such as my husband who is now having to apply for ‘Settled Status’ in a country where he has lived and worked for over thirty years. At times like this, with all the national and international unrest we are observing, our faith in human leaders is put in question and hope can seem lost.
But all is not lost because, in Bible terms, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and (unlike our politicians) He does keep His promises. In fact, we are specifically advised that we shouldn’t put trust in human leaders as they are unable to save us (Psalm 146:3).
We are told by the writer to the Hebrews that hope is the basis of faith, because faith ‘is the assurance of things hoped for’ (Hebrews 11:1).
Abraham was a man who experienced the unsettling nature of becoming a ‘foreigner’ and living a nomadic existence in a land that he didn’t know. In Abraham’s case it was his confident assurance of God’s promises of inheritance that gave him his strong faith, based on hope. We are told in Hebrews Chapter 11 that it was ‘by faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.’ (Hebrews 11:8-10)
Abraham was looking ahead to a time when he would have a true ‘settled status’ and be able to live at peace in a world of peace, ruled by the King of Righteousness.
So as we observe the mad antics of the Brexit process towards this March deadline let us hold on to a trustworthy hope and wait for that with patience.