By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Searching for hope is a prelude to receiving. When tragedy threatens, or strikes, one needs to reach out to God who is greater than one's present circumstance. The message of hope can be found in many places in God's Word such as in the Book of Psalms:
For in you, O Lord, do I hope: you will hear (or answer), O Lord, my God (38:15). Why are you cast (or bowed) down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted in me? Hope you in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance (or presence) (42:5). For you are my hope, O Lord God: you are my trust from my youth (71:5).
The treasure of God's revealed truths are accessible to all who are searching for hope!
Jesus read from the Book of Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has anointed sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised (or oppressed) (Luke 4:18)!
Jesus is still, through His Word and God's Spirit, fulfilling those words; reaching out to those seemingly with no hope, with a message of deliverance. There are many today being held captive; needing to be set free from the clutches of the bondage of sin.
Apostle Paul revealed: If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (or perishing): in whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
One may be searching for deliverance from the senseless destruction of the human body through alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc.. Satan would like to see you enter his dominion of deception and dominance forever. However, God through His Son (Jesus Christ), has come to bring deliverance to all who are held in bondage!
A Psalm of David brings consolation to those who are searching for hope; it reveals answered prayer in a desperate situation:
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay (that which was attempting to hold him there), and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings (or steps) (Psalm 40:1-2).
God's Spirit brings conviction to the truth of God's Word; towards one's being set free from a life of sin and rebellion against God. Until the last breath of life leaves the body there is hope! God does not forsake you but seeks to save the soul of man, through the cleansing power of the blood of His Son (Jesus Christ).
In many Western nations there is a withdrawing from the hope of the Gospel; while in many Third World nations there is an advancing of the Gospel message!
We are seeing persecution of believers in Christ, in an attempt to stop the spread of the Gospel, but it is having a different effect; it is drawing people to the Gospel! Where there is seemingly no hope; the Gospel message is "Good News" in that there is hope through Christ Jesus!
Jesus died a horrible death, for you and I, that though His shed blood on the Cross of Calvary, one might be delivered and cleansed of all sin. Scripture reveals: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Jesus death, burial, and resurrection is vividly portrayed in God's Word!
From the very portals of Heaven, Jesus extends an invitation to all:
I stand at the door and knock (that of one's heart): if any man hears my voice, and opens the door (only you can); I will come in to him, and will sup (or dine) with him and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
I have been dining at the Master's table for 42 years now! Searching for hope, in time of distress, is to look to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is faithful, who will not leave you in such a condition!
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