Do you long for real hope? If so, this message is for you. People need hope for all kinds of reasons. Some have marital troubles, some are very sick, some are worried about their finances, some have drug or alcohol problems, and some just feel they are unfulfilled – life hasn’t filled up that empty spot deep down inside. Something is missing. Surely, there must be hope for a much better tomorrow.
The good news is that the Bible gives real hope. Countless people can testify of the hope they have found in God and in His Word. God is called the "God of hope" (Rom. 15:13), and the Bible tells us that "we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Rom. 15:4)
Hope sees a better tomorrow. Hope from the Bible gives us an absolute assurance of a better tomorrow. We can live "in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago." (Tit. 1:2). But, why are there so many problems today? It is today’s problems that are bothering you and me. To understand them, and to have genuine hope, you must see the big picture – both for the world and for yourself.
In the beginning, everything God made was good. His intention for man was to live in peace and health, all while being in a blessed fellowship with God. But, the story of Adam and Eve is so telling. They yielded to the temptation of God’s adversary, Satan, and the result was that the world we now live in is under a curse and filled with sin.
"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned." (Rom. 5:12). Disease, death, discord in the family, injustice, war, and even difficulty in making a living, all stem from the sin of man and from the curse caused by the fall.
The worst effect of the fall, though, is the separation of man from God, who is our one source of real and lasting hope. The Bible speaks of those so separated as being "without Christ . . .having no hope, and without God in the world." (Eph. 2:12). God’s word tells us : "But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you . . ." (Is. 59:2).
God has a plan to solve the problems of the world, and that plan is moving towards Christ’s return to earth. His kingdom will bring in a "new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells." (2 Pet. 3:13). The Bible assures us that God will bring an end to disease, war and death.
You are part of this universal drama. God loves you and has not forgotten you, even in the midst of your troubles. This is what He says to you today: "’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’" (Jer. 29:11)
God’s plan of hope for you includes a full reconciliation to Himself. Although your sins have separated you from God, "Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God." (1 Pet. 3:18, NASB) "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses." (Eph. 1:7, NASB)
God’s plan of hope for you includes a new life. When we place our faith in Christ, God gives us a new life deep within our spirit (Jn. 3:6; Rom. 8:10). We can experience the fruit of this life as "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness [and] self-control." (Gal. 5:22-23) We are "born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Pet. 1:3)
God’s plan of hope for you includes a promise that in spite of the inevitable troubles of life, God will cause it all to work for your benefit according to His plan and purpose for your life. "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son." (Rom. 8:28-29)
God’s plan of hope for you includes an eternity with God and all of His blessings toward us. "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us . . . made us alive together with Christ . . so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." (Eph. 2:4-7)
God’s plan of hope for you is free. Jesus paid the full price for it all on the cross, and rose again to give it to you. It does not depend upon our works, but on His work on the cross for us. "For by grace you have been saved through faith . . . it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Eph. 2:8-9). You need simply to receive this gift by faith, by believing, trusting in Christ as your Savior. "Believe in [trust, rely upon and depend upon] the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." (Acts 16:31)
You may express your decision in prayer: "Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins. I trust in You now for forgiveness and accept You as my Savior. I accept your plan of hope for me." If we foolishly reject God’s provision in Christ, we face a hopeless eternity under God’s condemnation: "but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." (Mk. 16:16)
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 15:13)
After you accept God’s free gift of hope and salvation, begin to read your Bible and seek fellowship with other sincere believers so that you may grow in your Christian faith.
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And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)