The search for hope


Hope is a precious commodity. During times of uncertainty, hope can be so difficult to possess.

With each drop in the market, every announcement of more closings or discussion about another shut-down, and with every update from health and government officials, hope seems to drift further and further away.

With the passing of every day, the pandemic appears to be building momentum and as it does, anxiety and fear are growing with it. For some, hope seems to be in short supply.

Hope is the confident expectation of good. If you are a follower of Jesus, if you believe in His Word, if you trust what He said, then you have the ultimate hope. That is the hope that Jesus brings.

There is no doubt about it, these are uncertain times. But let’s be honest, times have always been uncertain. We just don’t like to admit it. Human beings have always had a tendency to live in the land of self-sufficiency. We tend to live with a false sense of security. We depend on ourselves. We place our trust in our assets. We are confident and comfortable. We live as though we are independent. Then COVID-19 comes along to yank the rug right out from under us.

So, where do you look for strength, for hope, for peace at a time like this?

In times of uncertainty, which is really all the time, I want to remind you that our hope is in God. Isaiah 59:1 says, “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”

We’re getting ready to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is the greatest miracle in human history. The resurrection is the foundation of our Christian faith. Apart from the resurrection, our faith is futile. The resurrection is what validated everything that Jesus said and did. Think about it. Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection, then pulled it off! That has never happened before or since. When someone does something so amazing and so miraculous, don’t you think we should pay attention to what He has to say?

Jesus’ death on the cross is what makes possible our salvation. The Bible tells us “the wages of sin is death” (see Romans 6:23). According to Romans 3:23. we are all sinners. That means the death price had to be paid. Jesus died on the cross to make it possible for us to get into Heaven on His ticket. He is without sin. He died in our place. And then He offered us the gift of eternal life. John 1:12 says, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Many of you have made the decision to make Jesus your Lord. I congratulate you on that decision. I believe that is the wisest decision any person can ever make. If you haven’t made that decision, I hope that you will, even this every day. I love this promise found in Romans 10:13 … “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

If we can trust Jesus to provide for our eternal destiny, then why can’t we trust Him today in the midst of all the chaos that surrounds us? We trust that He is coming again, just as He promised, so why not trust Him to take care of us where we are right now? Our faith is in a God who is trustworthy. He is for us. He is with us. Has not forgotten us. He will never leave us or forsake us.

Steve Greene is the lead pastor of The Point in Seymour. Read his blog at or email him at [email protected]. Send comments to [email protected].

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