In our world people long for a hope. Whether it is in our lives on earth or it is in the after life. No one can live our lives thinking there is just a straight end without having some form of hope that there is more than just death. So many of us live each day hoping that some thing great will happen in our lives. As we grow up we look forward to being a teenager, then becoming a driver, becoming 21 and college, then marriage, and then a family. During this time we hope that we pick the right paths to have a job that either pays a lot of money or gives us pride as we leave this world. Then many who do not know Christ feel a longing to not be alone. We can see a lot of lonely people who wander this world hoping that they can fit in some how. Now that social media has become very international whether you are on Facebook or Gaming we find many who engage in these formats to find community and existence in them.
As Christians we understand that our hope is not in those around us, but should be in the hands of God. Here is are verses to think on:
24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25 (ESV)
5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. Galatians 5:5 (ESV)
You see when we live each day our hope is not what we see otherwise we would be engulfed in the evils of this world, we would be overwhelmed by the loneliness we find without God, and then we would be swallowed up in the darkness that fills our world/culture. I know that when I feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel that, in faith, God will help me go through each storm and lift me up. I also know that because I have accepted Jesus as my personal Savior, even after death, I will have hope because I will be with Jesus in eternity.
So what does that mean for you? If you are not a Christian where do you hold your hope? Riches, power, prestige, popularity, education, knowledge, your personal religion, or maybe idols from Hollywood/Sports? You see hoping in something means you are creating it into a form of God. Some in our culture worship humanity as a power. The hope for mortality has been around since the old history (Fountain of Youth). We as humans have created gods (Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, etc) to have control. You see when we lose control where is our hope? When things you held onto for hope fail where do you go? Maybe you feel that giving up is better? Maybe you run away or become homeless? Maybe you fill yourself with alcohol or drugs to release the pain? You see there is always hope. The issue is we look for it in this world when the answer is in GOD. Not just any god… thee God of Creation and the Bible. His Word is about rebuilding a lost relationship that happen at the Fall of Man. You may no that fall as our sin nature. We search the world to fill the emptiness in our hearts, and we fill it with all the pleasures of this world hoping it will fill it. The truth is we can only temporary fill it, and if you are looking for a temporary fix then continue the path you have laid. If you truly want a hope not only on earth and the after life then ask God to reveal himself to you. Will you take the challenge?