We live in a world where everything is in turmoil; nature, government, and our individual lives. This year our family vacation to the ocean was the week right after Hurricane Harvey and just before Hurricane Irma. There was turmoil all around us, people being evacuated in states nearby and yet we were at peace. We knew that no matter what happened to our world, God is greater still. No matter what happened in our government, God is greater still. And no matter what happened to us as individuals, God is greater still. In Him alone we have hope.
WHERE DO YOU PUT YOUR HOPE?
Do you hope that you will have enough money when you retire to do what you want to do, and live how you want to live until the end of your life? Do you hope that science and the medical community will help you to stay healthy and not let a catastrophic illness end your life prematurely? Do you hope that you will find a perfect mate who will complete you and give you a happy life until one of you passes away?
IF YOU HOPE IN MONEY, SCIENCE, OR OTHER INDIVIDUALS, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED.
These things cannot bring you peace and security. Only God can keep our ship from sinking and our lives from being thrown overboard.
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV) says, “ We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”
I can trust Jesus to supply my needs. I can trust Him to heal me. I can trust Him to be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; my friend and Savior.
THIS IS THE ONE IN WHOM I HAVE MY HOPE.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, it surprised everyone to see the devastation and the fact that the hurricane was so strong and stayed in one area longer than normal. It did not surprise God. He was there with those families who were afraid. He was there with those families who lost a loved one. He was there with those who lost all they had. And they saw Him in the hands and hearts of so many volunteers who came to give aid and comfort. God uses our hands and feet to give hope to whole communities.
When we heard that Hurricane Irma would hit Florida, people were ready to move. Floridians heeded the evacuation warnings and left the affected areas. More volunteers got ready to go and help as best they could. I prayed, along with Christians all over the United States, that Hurricane Irma would not do as Harvey had done; stay in one area and totally devastate it. We prayed that Hurricane Irma would weaken and move back out to sea, and God was listening. Irma hit land and went from the strength of a 4 down to a 1 and moved across Florida where it could get back out to sea.
Money could not have stopped these Hurricanes. Good Science could not predict with total accuracy or stop these Hurricanes. Good wishes could not stop these hurricanes. Powerful prayer to a powerful God, made all of the difference in life and death for the people in these states. Do not put your hope in things of this world, but put your hope in the one who created everything in our universe, including man.
If you put your hope in Him, you will never be disappointed.