"Now abides hope". There are many people who are wandering around without hope. They feel as if there is no hope for them or for the future. They look at what is going on in the economy, in society, in their relationships and they feel that it is all hopeless.
The disciples felt this way when they found themselves in a boat in the middle of the sea in a storm. The storm was so bad that this experienced fishermen, who had lived their lives on the sea, had given up all hope of coming through it alive. For them it was a hopeless situation. They had done all they knew to do to keep the ship afloat and nothing was working. Then after all their efforts they woke Jesus up and accused Him of not caring that they were going to drown.
Jesus arose and rebuked the storm and it stopped. He also rebuked the disciples for not having faith. He didn't rebuke them for not having the faith to speak to the storm themselves. He didn't rebuke them for not taking authority over the situation. He rebuked them because they had no faith in His word. He had told them when they first got in the boat that they were going to the other side. He didn't say that they were going to drown in the sea.
Although they were fearful and had lost hope, although they did not believe what He had told them, they did one thing right-- they went to Jesus. They turned their eyes off of the storm for just a moment and turned them upon Jesus, the One who could and would help them.
If you are one of those "hopeless" feeling people; if all hope for you seems lost, then you must do what the disciples did-- put you eyes on Jesus, go to Him, ask for His help. Put your trust in Him. Don't put your trust in the economy. Don't put your trust in the government. Don't put your trust in some program, some bailout, some twelve steps, some bank, some loan company, etc. Put your trust in Jesus. Put your trust in His Word. Put your trust in His promises. I don't want to sound like "doom and gloom", but the Bible tells us that before the return of the Lord it isn't going to get better. It is only going to get worse. There will be much that happens that will cause us to loose hope if we don't have our hope anchored securely in Jesus and His Word. But if we do, we will safely "pass to the other side".
Have a great day. There is hope for the hopeless.... His name is Jesus.
For further reading:
"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand."
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Coffee Break is a morning devotional written by Lorraine Ezell