Yes, There Is Reason to Hope
There Is an Oasis in the Desert of Life
“but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15, CSB)
Why should we be full of hope?
Here are some answers I get:
- I have a good job.
- I have my health.
- I’m young and have my whole life ahead of me.
- The country is on the right track economically.
- I have great family and good relationships.
But what if you don’t? What if you don’t have a good job, health, youth, or economic prospects? What if you are alone?
Any of these count as positive thinking, but all of the hopes listed here are bound to come to an end as we get older, the economy changes, we can’t do the work, or relationships inevitably end in death.
So then where is your hope?
Where is your hope when the brokenness of this world descend on us? Remember, God has already said that because of our sin, all these things will be taken away from us eventually. In Genesis 3, God tells Adam that labor, pain, alienation and death will curse this world because of sin.
But He also gave reason to hope. The fact is that He promised a salvation FROM this world and all the sorrow and trouble that is part of it. In fact, this sorrow and trouble is intended to drive us into the arms of our Savior.
We have hope because our Savior has taken sin and its curse upon himself, and so opened heaven for us—a new creation in which there will be no trouble, sorrow, toil, pain, or death.
Reflect upon this hope, and let it show, and then be ready to share this hope with others who ask. And don’t hesitate to use me to help. Is someone you know sick and in the hospital? Dealing with family problems? Facing loss? Tell them of your hope, and then offer to send you pastor around.
In this hopeless world, Christians and the Christian Church are the real oasis of hope. — Pastor Bryant