Are You Hopeless in Life? Here is Hope for the Hopeless.
You have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice and no one can rob you of that joy. (John 16:22)
No matter how circumstances in life make us look at ourselves, we must remember that ‘God’s gift and his call are irrevocable’. (Roman 11:29)
Some of us feel totally disappointed in life to the extent that we blame God for what we’re going through. Some have stopped going to church and joined all sorts of occultisms, thinking their achievement can now be guaranteed. This is a very great error, I believe, and I would advise to think again. Ask yourself, ‘Who gave you life?’
Some have deviated due to strain and stress of life. We have to choose how we like to be recognised. At the same time, we are all alone when we stand on the Day of Judgement, with no occult members for support. We might say, or cry, ‘Had I known!’ on that day. We shall all face that, no matter how much we have accumulated or enjoyed. Nothing will accompany you out of this life. Now is the time to live a life honouring Jesus.
Others fear persecution that makes us turn our backs on the Lord. There is indeed a marked persecution against the church. Being a true Christian is costly for some. Some have been killed for their faith or are presently facing death. However, we should not fear since life without Christ is no life at all. Death is preferable to rejecting our Lord.
A Christian teenager named Leah Sharibu, from Dapchi, Nigeria, is being held by a terrorist group called Boko Haram. She is the only remaining prisoner, while 105 of her fellow students have been released, because she refuses to renounce Jesus. Her situation has gained international recognition. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is greatly concerned about the ongoing violence in some parts of Nigeria. May God save countries going through the fear of persecution!
It’s those who wear the shoes who know where they pinch. Though people still move about transacting their daily business, one can feel the anxiety. Some, like Leah, have made up their minds that they would rather die than deny Jesus. This is the situation in a number of African countries.
There is no doubt that the situation is critical. Many are jobless even after years of study at university and achieving a master’s or a doctorate degree. In some countries there is gross starvation with only a few being able to afford 2 meals a day, not even thinking about 3 square meals a day. Recession is hitting hard on all of us. Money is scarce. People have to make cuts everywhere.
I personally believe that the road to Heaven is not paved with gold. I believe it is a narrow way for Christians involving suffering. However, we should never deny God. I cannot wait, for my joy will be overflowing. A friend asked me if I were sure that I would be around. Of course the answer is, ‘No one can tell.’
In life there will be periods of bitterness and worry about the future. However, to those in the loneliness of grief, Jesus gave the words of invitation and comfort, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28) God also says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10)
Whatever situation we encounter in life, we should not lose hope, but pray always. I strongly believe that things will gradually get better. May God give us perseverance to continue our life’s journey, putting our complete hope in God.
(Child of God)