From Your Pastor
Do you remember the TV commercials that asked the question, “Got milk?” With all that has happened in the world over the past few years, a better question would be, “Got hope?”
“Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:21
The problems and challenges that confront the people we know and ourselves may be wearing away our hope. What leads me to think that this is true?
+ Uncertainty and confusion
Generally, one could sum up all of these with the word “sin”. The problems we have and the problems the people of the world face are all due to sin. Sometimes, our own sinful nature attacks the hope God gives us. Sometimes, our response to the sinful acts of others diminishes hope. What happens when problems seem to be beyond God’s ability to make a difference? Hope fades.
Acts of violence may be increasing. At least, due to media coverage, we quickly learn about what has happened. What did we do before cell phones, iPads, laptops, and all the ways we receive instant communications? There are all kinds of websites, Apps, and digital services seeking to get your attention and inform you about the latest news, weather conditions, sports updates, fashion trends, social events, and music releases. I personally find it frustrating that many times the first news releases have incorrect information. In an effort to be “the first” to provide coverage, they do not wait until they have all the information. This practice has led many to over react. Hearts start racing, respirations become rapid, stress levels rise, and more.
When we focus on terrible events, our hope fades. When it seems impossible to have a good outcome, hope fades. When human solutions keep failing, hope fades. God reminds us where we are to focus so that hope does not fade. We look to Jesus who overcame sin, death and the devil. We look to our heavenly Father. He loves us and has provided victory through His Son, so your faith and hope are in God.
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