Even the wilderness and desert will rejoice in those days; the desert will blossom with flowers. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the Lebanon mountains, as lovely as Mount Carmel’s pastures and Sharon’s meadows; for the Lord will display his glory there, the excellency of our God. With this news bring cheer to all discouraged ones. Encourage those who are afraid. Tell them, “Be strong, fear not, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:1-4 TLB Our hope in Christ can not always be based upon the present times. We are daily blessed with abundant life as God sustains us through trial and He calls us to be joyful and thankful now. But our hope must be based on our faith in all of His promises—the greatest of which is everlasting life in His Kingdom. Jesus has already overcome all the evil in this world and tells us to be of good cheer while we live in it as it is. Because of Christ, we can anticipate how it will be when He returns. This means that all the trouble we experience now will one day cease to exist and together we will look back at all God brought us through and give glory to our Creator for His never-failing love. Be encouraged. "He is coming to save you."