By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Glimmer of hope lies within each individual; even in midst of drastic circumstances, especially if that hope is intertwined with faith in God. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace (2 Thessalonians 2:16). (Comment)
Scripture reveals that God is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). However, we are told of a time that the nation of Judah had reached a point which judgment had become a certainty.
God had called out to them repeatedly to mend their ways; and they failed to heed His warnings. He sent prophets to call Judah to repentance but the people failed to respond. Any glimmer of hope then dissipated through the people's failure to receive the goodness and severity of God.
The prophet Jeremiah, in proclaimed the words of the Lord, said: Behold, I will bring upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken to them, but they have not heard; and I have called to them, but they have not answered (Jeremiah 35:17).
Scripture reveals that the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished (2 Peter 2:9). In Noah's day we are told that God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the day (Genesis 6:5).
God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die (Genesis 6:17).
God then made a provision for the continuation of His creation through Noah; through a ark built according to God's specifications. There would no longer be a glimmer of hope for those who remained outside the ark. There was no place to escape the wrath of God for an unrepentant people.
Scripture reveals that the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
Many once godly nations have capitalized on the immorality in the land rather than allegiance to God and His blessed Word. They have saturated themselves with the ugliness of sin; allowing its roots to spread with little regard towards its distasteful web of deceit. There came an inherent blindness towards any knowledge of its destructive nature.
The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night (totally unexpected by some); in which the heavens and the earth shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10). Any glimmer of hope at that point will have dissipated; any chance of reconciliation no longer available.
Following the proclaiming of the Day of the Lord; comes a pertinent question: Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be (2 Peter 3:11)? A glimmer of hope lies within those words; an opportunity to make things right before God. The door of salvation, in a sin-ridden world, lies within those words.
Then came a revelation, a promise, a condition extended, beyond the pronounced devastation: Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore seeing you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).
Glimmer of hope is noted many times in Scripture that goes beyond a mere glimmer. One such Scripture is: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit) (Romans 15:13). It goes far beyond mere expectation and desire but includes trust, confidence, refuge in God; the God of hope.
I have seen many documentaries and heard testimonies of those who went through horrible experiences in which there seemingly was no hope; or even a glimmer of hope, but they survived. Many turned to the God of their youth; or found God for the first time, and came through those trying circumstances, to testify of His saving grace and delivering power!
Scripture reveals that faith is the realization of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Glimmer of hope oftentimes is not seen; or even readily identified, but lies deep within a person of faith.
God instills hope! When one entertains hope; it is with expectation of obtaining it. There is a godly hope that is awakened when there is little hope of survival through any other source. God honors individuals who looks to Him in hope of salvation from the evils of this world, and towards His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). God's love was clearly demonstrated at Calvary when Jesus died for the sins of mankind (1 John 3:1). Jesus' love was manifested in the fact that he willingly gave His life, and shed His blood, for forgiveness of sin and for one to be cleansed of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
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