MONSTROUS, DAMAGING STORM LOOMS FOR THE NORTHEAST…
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE FALLS TO 10-MONTH LOW IN FEBRUARY…
REGULATORS REPORT 27 PERCENT JUMP IN PROBLEM BANKS…
US JAN MASS LAYOFFS EDGE UP ON WEAK MANUFACTURING…
GOP’S BROWN BRANDED TURNCOAT FOR JOBS BILL VOTE…
DELAWARE PEDIATRICIAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE CHILD RAPES…
ASHLAND CLINIC WILL OFFER MEDICATION-INDUCED ABORTIONS…
Those are just some of this morning’s headlines from the Drudge Report. Pretty bleak! How do we maintain hope in what seems a hopeless world?
If your hope is placed in a hopeless world then my answer to you is you don’t.
You have no hope. Your hope was cut off long ago. That’s because you have a misplaced hope.
However, if your hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, then your future is not bleak but bright.
It’s all about expectations. What are you expecting from your time on earth?
King David knew about disappointment; he had been betrayed by his own son and many of his close friends and yet his hope was always in God:
“Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:1-2, 6-8)
Talk about a rightly placed hope! David’s expectation was from God; David relied on God for his defense and his salvation.
We look to this world for our hope in our 401k’s, our jobs, our homes, whatever, but even in the best of economic times and with the “right people” in Washington that hope would be short-lived even if it survived all the days of your earthly life. We are eternal beings and what we need to value is godly wisdom, not earthly possessions. Solomon taught:
“My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste; so shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; if you have found it, there is a prospect, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 22:13-14)
You need a good investment tip?
Read your Bible searching not for nuggets of gold but nuggets of knowledge that you can apply to your life on a daily basis. That is biblical wisdom and in that you have great prospect; your hope will not be cut off.
Oh, you can live your life here on earth as though this is all there is, but the Bible teaches differently:
“For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18)
If your hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, that verse is good news to the soul; it is sweet as honey. However if you’re living as there is no tomorrow then that is bad news and it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.
For what riches are you searching? Why not receive the bountiful riches of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Apostle Paul describes:
“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:4-9)
Do you find life hopeless? Is your situation beyond hope, at least in your eyes? Then you are doing what Charles L. Allen describes:
“When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.”
Have you slammed the door in the face of God?
You know what you need to do.
Open it back up.
Let Him into the center of your life.
Allow King Jesus to rule over you.
Then your hope will be as sweet as honey.
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