HOPE IN HIM
As we all know, our nation has taken an economic downturn. We are also living in days of war and rumors of wars. We are in a real downtrend and on the verge of a real global financial crisis. I, like many of you, have heard analysts forecast troubling times ahead. I have a real problem in these days. My problem is that as a pastor, I have a front row seat. You see, I am in the middle of God’s people and what I see is that the Christian community, God’s people, are reflecting the fears, frustrations, political polarization, and self-security maneuvering that mirrors what you can see of the society around us. We claim a relationship with the God of hope, yet we tend to view life from a hopeless perspective. Think about it… are your comments and attitudes carrying the same tone as those who do not carry this faith? If we have really placed our faith in Christ, why do we sometimes feel as though our problems have left us without hope? My calling is to give people hope. It’s not in the title “pastor” or the position. We must turn our all to Jesus. He is and has always wanted to be our only hope. In Romans Chapter 15, Paul reminds us of all about the hope in our faith. Hope is to guide the Christian life back to our center in times of trials, uncertainty, and war. Hope in Jesus does say that I have something much better coming. We are not being a walking “pep talk,” as we place our worth, our lives into something “other” than this world. It’s much bigger than that.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4
And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” Romans 15:12
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Notice the “IN HIM” in verses 12 and 13.
Until the nets are full,