“. . . at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
— Ephesians 2:12
Have you ever felt utterly hopeless? Maybe even today you face a struggle that has sapped you of all expectation.
Hope seems a rare commodity these days. Our society has gotten rid of God, banning Him from schools by banning the Bible and prayer and seeking to do so in every other possible area. Meanwhile, the gloom grows deeper and the darkness more impenetrable. Hopelessness settles in about us. In increasing numbers people flee from this world of hopelessness in whatever ways they can—fleeing into a world of drugs, into a world of alcohol, into a world of escapism of some sort. Some even escape their hopelessness in the ultimate way—by committing suicide.
But as Christians, we can have hope based on the objective standard of God’s Word. Through Christ, we’ve been born again unto a living hope. What is that hope? That we shall live in God’s presence forever as His eternal children. When the galaxies have long ago burned out, we shall still live with Christ. When this world gets us down, we have the hope that this life is just the slightest, quickest movement of the shuttle in the eternity which lies before us. Because of that truth, our source of hope will never run dry.
We can have this hope only when we answer God’s call to come to Him and live our lives with and for Him, trusting in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Do you have this hope in the midst of a hopeless world? If you build your hope on anything other than Christ, His blood, and His righteousness, you hope in vain. Trust in the Lord, and you will have a glorious, everlasting hope, one that will carry you from now into eternity.