Message of Hope
JESUS is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).
JESUS Says : For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ( Jeremiah 29:11 )
JESUS Says : I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. ( Isaiah 41:18 )
JESUS Says : Casting all your care upon me; I careth for you. (I Peter 5:7)
Message of HopeNewspapers are full of bad news—economic uncertainties, persistent problems , more strife and terrorism. Many leaders are pessimistic not only about our nation’s future, but their own as well. Friends are not faithful; marriages are not stable; streets are not safe. Financial struggles, job problems, health problems. Life is depressing for many people. Where does a person turn to find hope?
The only hope that has substance is found in the gospel. The gospel does not promise a charmed life filled with constant blessings, but it gives solid assurance that life is worth living, that problems are worth enduring, that the risks of life are worth taking. The gospel provides hope that there is more to life than what we can see—the invisible world is even more real than the world we see. Even the sun will eventually fade away, but spiritual realities will not.
The gospel helps us in this life, but its biggest benefits are in the next. That’s because this life is temporary, no matter how good it is, and the next life is not only much better, it is without end. When Paul was on trial for his life, he said that it was “because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 23:6; 26:6). Maybe he “hoped” to get out of jail right away, but the real hope on which he based his life and ministry was the resurrection. If there is no resurrection, then his life was a waste, and his faith futile (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17). If there is no resurrection, then we are all hopeless.
Hope for the Hopeless
Manna of the Day
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. Phil 4:6.