The Believer’s Hope

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There is a worldview suggesting that a Christian is a person who is weak-minded and in need of a belief system to help them deal with life. Many of those who adopt this view are atheists who are hostile to any suggestion that God is real. There are also people who say they are a believer, but live as if there is no God. God created us in His image and a part of that image involves our search for Him. One criticism of the unbeliever is that there are so many different religions and belief systems that either all of them are true, or none of them is. As a Christian we rightly believe that the Bible is the final authority on God. Every other religion has their own false source of inspiration and authority, but none can stand up to scrutiny as the Bible can. The basis of our faith is the hope we have because of what Christ has done in us through salvation. The Bible says in Titus 2:11-15 (NKJV) “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (12) teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, (13) looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (14) who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (15) Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

The hope this world needs is found in Christ. 1 Peter 1:3 (NKJV) says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” At the end of life is death, and life is short. Many people take no thought about whether they will spend eternity in heaven with God, or in hell, which is the judgment and consequence of rejecting Christ. A believer is a sinner saved by the grace of God who lives with the promise of eternity every day in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,” (Ephesians 1:13, NKJV).

Are you faced with situations in your life that seem overwhelming and rob you of joy? There is hope. Are you unsure where you will spend eternity? There is hope. When it comes to dealing with sin, disappointments, temptations, and uncertainty, I am weak-minded and in need of a Savior. I thank God that like the children song says, “I am weak, but He is strong.”

Hope in God

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“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” (Psalms 42:5)

David had been driven from his beloved city Jerusalem to a foreign land beyond Jordon during the rebellion of Absalom. He was separated from the temple where he worshiped God. The enemies around him believed that the god a people worshiped was confined to the country itself. When the country was defeated, so was the god. If you left your country, you left your god unless you took him with you in idol form. David worshiped the true God Who was with him no matter where he was and no matter what was happening in his life. When the people around him questioned, “Where is your God?” David knew the answer. He was where David was. Sometimes circumstances can be so overwhelming that you wonder where God is and why He does not fix the problem or change the circumstances. You have to admit that there have been times when you made decisions that set in motion a series of circumstances that you did not anticipate. At other times, you have been caught up in the problems or circumstances of others. Sometimes events out of your control occurred and presented challenges for you to overcome. It can be difficult, but you must trust that God is willing and able to help you resolve your problems. When you read Psalm 42 and 43, you will see that David was not questioning whether or not God was real. He was not angry with God, nor did he blame God for his situation. It was the predicament he found himself in that set the stage for him to seek God even more. If you are a child of God, He will never abandon you, nor are you left at the mercy of an impossible situation. God will help you resolve your problem. He is capable of getting you through your situation. He is your hope, so trust Him. David did. David ended his appeal to God the way he started. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” (Psalms 43:5)

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