December 08, 2015

Hope; Help, When All Seems Hopeless

                                         "A light at the end of the tunnel" by Aleksandr K/ © copyrighted/

Help, When All Seems Hopeless

Ever feel like just plain giving up? Well, I've been there too. Yet, now, I am filled with joy! I'd like to share a little, about how we can all have hope!

Does it feel to you as if your circumstances are just out to do you in? Does it feel as if it is just completely impossible for you to get your feet under you? As if you can never get ahead? Does it feel as if there's no way out of this? Well, let me assure you, there is hope! There is a way to rise above one's circumstances.


Has anyone ever taken the time to tell you about Jesus Christ? And no, I'm not talking about empty religion! What I am talking about is a person! A real person, who is also 100% God. This Jesus actually wants to have a relationship with you, and no, not just here and there, but for time and eternity! This Jesus is ready to forgive us because He wants us to be able to enjoy an awesome relationship with Him! He is not out to get us, as some would like us to believe. For it is written, “I [Jesus] did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” (John 12:47) It is however true that He will be forced to give us the consequences for our sin if we refuse Him. For He also said, “Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened...And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.” (Revelation 20:11-12) Yet, He has no desire to give us our due. Instead, He took the due Himself on the cross in order that we could be forgiven. Now that is not just talk! It is love in action.


Let me tell you a little more about this amazing Jesus! This Jesus left His beautiful home in Heaven and came down to this Earth for you and I! Neither did He come to be treated as a King – as he truly is, but He came in incognito. How did the world receive their Creator-God? Well, they nailed Him to a cross to die. He was hated, indeed! Yet, what had He done?! He had healed their diseases, fed them, taught them life-giving truth, raised the dead, and blessed their children. Yet, the Bible says, “They hated me without a cause.” (John 15:25b)


Yet, we must remember, that as God, He knew that He would be treated like this. So we must ask ourselves, why would He come if He knew in advance that He would be so shamefully treated? Well, to put it simply, it was because He loved you and me. It was love that motivated Him. His death was no accident, He came to take the penalty for our sin, which God says in His Word is “death” (Romans 6:23). He took our punishment of death, so we wouldn't have to be separated from God and His holy heaven. For it is written, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (*John 3:16) Now, put put your name in the place of those underlined words and see how it reads!


I ask, have you ever had anyone love you that much before? I sure haven't! Not only that, but He says that, “Whoever comes to me, I will never cast out! (John 6:37b) He has promised, and God cannot lie, that He “will never leave you or forsake you”! (Hebrews 13:5) So, even when we pass through dark valleys, you guessed it! He's with us! In fact, He came to indwell every single believer by the Holy Spirit. He is literally with us, even when we go through the “storms” of life! Now, if you are a believer, put your name in place of the underlined words and see how that sounds!


Have you placed your trust fully in Him as your own Savior? Are you assured that He took the punishment of God instead of you? That Jesus was fully punished for all of your sin, and not just some of it? Do you believe that He is able to see you all the way to Heaven by His doing? Are you fully resting in Him? For it is written, “He is able to save to the uttermost [completely].” (Hebrews 7:25) For we must realize, that the laws of God show us that we are all sinners. That we are all guilty and deserving to be cast out of His holy presence forever. Yet, God is a God of mercy. He didn't want to see you pay the penalty for your sin, and He knew you could do nothing about it. That is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you. He came to take your place, because He loved you and wanted you with Him in His beautiful Heaven forever! We could say, Jesus died on the cross to pay the sin-debt of __________________ (your name). It is simply by trusting Jesus as _________________'s (your name) Savior, that you can know that you have eternal life. That you do not, “Come into judgment, but [have] passed from death to life.” That, “There is therefore no condemnation” for you.” (John 5:24, Romans 8;1) This alone, is a real message of hope for you and I. O, what a Savior we have! We can rest, because we know that Jesus was already judged for our sin on the cross. That God the Father has already punished His Son, Jesus for our sin! What love!


So yes, life's trials may seem hard to bear at times. Yet, we have the Holy Spirit to be our “Comforter.” We have Jesus, who said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” And we also have our Heavenly Father, who is “for us.” Amazing isn't it?! (John 14:26*, Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8;31)

For further reading on this topic, particularly respecting joy in one's Christian life, please read my blog title, “The Royal Road to Victory and Vic's Testimony.”

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God.”
Psalm 42:5

The LORD preserves the faithful...
Be strong, and let your hearts take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD!”
Psalm 31:23-24

The hope of the righteous brings joy.”
Proverbs 10:28a

May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit
you may abound in hope.”
Romans 15:13

Victor J. Reimer

*Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyrighted © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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