Tuesday, 3 September 2013

We All Need Hope

The Lord has blessed me with many godly friends who are such an encouragement to me! I have recieved several gifts lately which have greatly encouraged me and helped me to see that the Lord is always in control! I thought I would share some snippets of what I've been learning here over the next wee while.

The following is an excerpt from the Lighthouse Christian Products Co booklet titled "We All Need Hope". It is written by Greg Buick, Deborah Christensen and Judson Poling.


We All Need Hope

Life can be hard. Sometimes, we have to endure a bad day. Other times, we face unrelenting heartache. No amount of tears can bring it to an end. Most of us face difficult times more often than we would like. Yet as difficult as life can be, hope guides us and gets us through the storms of life. Take away hope, and even the small things crush us. 

As we look at the big picutre in our world, we see hopeless situations. The news regularly bombards us with stories of the harmful and even evil situations people endure. Abuse, divorce, murder, war famine, rape and natural disasters torment our lives and shred our broken world. Beyond the unexpected disasters that make the news, we're wounded by the daily actions of others who never get headlines - but hurt us deeply. We begin to wonder how God can allow bad things to happen to good people. 

Is this how God intended us to live? Is this the kind of life He created us for?

Thankfully, the answer is no. The Bible tells us the true story of how God created us and our world, how we fell away from His original design, and what He did to heal our brokenness. It offers hope because we discover that God is in the business of restoring us to His beautiful original intentions....
God loves us so much that He couldn't just let us stay in our broken condition in a life of misery and frustration. Because the wages of sin is death, the only way to pay for it once and for all would be through the death of someone else. And Christianity says that it was God Himself - the second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ - who did that for us...

Our hope rests on God's promise that even though we experience pain while we are "in process", one day we will be fully restored. These experiences will be gone. He will never change the terms of His agreement to finish the work He started in us. The end of the story is certian, and God will never stop loving us as it unfolds. 

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Wow, isn't the Lord amazing? 
God bless! 




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