Hope in a time of distress (#13)
Bible version used: NJKV
You were probably told when you were young that if you played fair and worked hard, everything would turn out OK. How’s that working out for you? Have you discovered yet that life isn’t fair?
Whatever your current circumstances, take a few minutes and use this little tract to take an inventory of where your hope lies. Where are you putting your hope? Is it in your career? Your friends? Your investments?
The Bible has a lot to say about hope. It recognizes that humans live in a difficult and often twisted world where people do unimaginably bad things to each other. And as you may have discovered, more often than not, things do not work out very well.
In this midst of this sin-filled world a compassionate God launched a rescue plan. It is found in the Gospel of John, and describes the depths of God’s love for you. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
No thing and no one offers what Jesus offers. By coming to live among us He knows what it is like to face life. He knows what it is like to face death and win.
He offers to connect you to His power. When you live in His power you can face a battering series of circumstances with hope: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
He offers to give you a future: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
He offers you peace: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
He offers you rest: Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28,29
He offers you forgiveness: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7
God knows your name and may be calling. Don't turn away. Seek Him with all your heart. Learn more about the love of God and the gift of His Son, Jesus, by reading the Gospel of Mark, talking to a Christian, and visiting a local church. You will be warmly welcomed.