By His Grace: Where there’s life there’s hope
Since the beginning of 2021, the suffering of many and on various levels in life has rapidly increased. Where there once were laughter and joy its has been replaced with fears and anxieties of the unknown. Everywhere you look there is a calamity, be it weather related, sickness and disease or economically, just to name a few. Not that you and I are to be exempt -- it’s a part of life.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The challenge many have encountered is how to navigate through the circumstances that we find ourselves confronting daily. In a time such as this we come to a crossroads where one’s faith is in question. Do you complete the course set by God for you to run or do you stop short at the finish line?
This is no time to take detours where your faith is concerned. Remain focused and keep your eyes on the prize. If you do, your eternal reward will be great. But be warned do not allow the things of this world to consume your being, which includes thoughts, actions, and motives. Remember our hope is not in the next relief package, elected officials or promised relationships. Our hope should always be centered and unwavering around the one who came to give us life.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
I have come to learn over the years what we center our life around is where our hope lies. Unfortunately, and too often, our vision to a clear path of righteousness then becomes distorted.
As I contemplated this thought, I sought the council of God. And since it is customary for me to spend time with the Lord before beginning my day, I stepped out on the patio to watch as the sunrise come over the horizon while I waited for his response.
As I looked toward the sky and in many directions, He asked “What do you see?” I replied, “A beautiful clear blue sky without a cloud in sight.” I was then instructed to close my eyes and again what do I see. This time I became a little confused for my thoughts where I see nothing. The question was posed to me once more. I knew then He was not speaking of natural sight.
Once again, I closed my eyes and then smiled; I can see in my mind’s eye birds playfully chirping while in flight. I knew exactly which direction they flew by the sounds of their joyful noise. My senses where heightened, an awareness in place of my physical sight. This is how it is as a believer in Christ a keen awareness of his presence. As I opened my eyes I was instructed to look towards the sky once more, what do I see. Surprisingly enough far off in a distance and directly in front of me where a cluster of clouds. What then was revealed was the cluster of clouds were always there, I was blinded by the rising of the sun which made it difficult to see. How often are you and I blinded by life circumstances that it becomes difficult to see any hope.
And then I heard these words…
“Just because you cannot see me does not mean I’m not there…”
When you and I encounter a situation that is uncomfortable and hard to cope with, it is important to remember who we serve. Though difficult at times, remain focused on the bigger picture. Where there’s life there’s hope and it’s in the name of Jesus. For it is written: “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”
You may ask what happens when the bills come due and there is not enough to go around? When our emotional fatigue gives the illusion that you and I are going in circles, don’t give up and admit defeat. Turn to the word of God, be persistent in prayer, and stay the course of action until you receive your breakthrough.
Out of our trials not only will the Lord lead us in the path of victory, but God will also get all the glory. And you and I will have a testimony of triumph to encourage others in the Lord. Ask yourself is anything too hard for God.
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in heaven and on earth belongs to You. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler over all. In Your hands are power and might to exalt and give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks, and we praise Your glorious name.…”
You may ask how one begins to receive this gift of eternal life and hope if you have never had a sincere relationship with God. By your own free will, you accept Christ as Lord and Savior. This will be the most important declaration you will make. Do not allow this moment to pass; tomorrow is not promised.
When you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. This has nothing to do with religion and all to do with a relationship. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my Lord and Savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."
Welcome into the family of Christ.
May the lord keep you and bless you continuously. Shalom, go in peace.
Bible references: John 16:33 NIV; Matthew 6:19-21 KJV; 1 John 5:11; Psalm 33:20-22 NLT; 1 Chronicles 29:11-13. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.
-- Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.