Tidings for Tuesday

For the hope which is laid up for you in Heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel. Colossians 1:5

The shortage of food and the abundance of ill treatment had its effect on the orphanage children. Because what little food they received was of poor quality, they were always hungry and had little energy to play. Because their guardians treated them roughly, the children shrank from any contact with them. The children were unhappy, uncomfortable, and suspicious, even of each other. Most of them moped about by themselves, or wandered about the barren grounds with little interest in their surroundings. As time went on and conditions continued to get worse, they lost all interest in activity, and resorted to one of the saddest postures known to psychology: they simply sat on the rough benches and slowly rocked back and forth for hours on end, staring blankly at the ground. They had reached a state of hopelessness.

Although most people in our world never reach such a pathetic state, most people are afflicted with some level of hopelessness. Economically, they may have run out of hope that their circumstances will ever get better or even survive for long. Healthwise, they may have abandoned hope that anything can halt the spread of deadly disease. Emotionwise, they may have abandoned hope of recovering from the loss of loved ones who have died, departed, or turned against them. Politically, they may have abandoned hope that their community, province, or country will emerge from its corruption and ineptness. Spiritually, they may have absolutely no hope of anything beyond this passing world. None of these should affect the Lord’s people. As Christians, we have hope, not hopelessness.

Economically, we may never see anything better in this world, but we have God’s assurance that He will meet out needs, and He will bless us forever with the riches of His grace. Healthwise, we have our Lord’s comfort and support here and the promise of a changed body coming soon. Emotionwise, we have the comfort of our Lord’s promise to never leave or forsake us. Politically, we rejoice that our King is surely coming to set up a perfect world. Spiritually, we have the knowledge that we are safe forever from the penalty of sin and sure forever of the glories of Heaven. Sometimes we allow the circumstances around us to get to us and affect our hope. So we need a reminder – like I am giving you today – that our hope in the Lord Jesus is an anchor that is sure and steadfast, and should cause us to rejoice.

Our hope is just one of the wonderful elements of the glorious gospel of Christ. Bless the Lord for His glorious gospel! – Jim MacIntosh

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